Shopping Cart: New Year, New Lunchboxes

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New school year, new looks in lunchboxes:

- The Goodbyn lunchbox bills itself as being "good for the planet," and here's why: It is made of 100 percent recyclable material and has five compartments and an eight-ounce drink bottle that eliminate the need for individual food wrap; its design is fun for kids, and it comes with a roll of 275 stickers for personalizing it. $29.95; about 8 by 12 inches, in pink, blue, red-orange or green. A shipment of the lunchboxes is on order at Bellacara, 1000 King St., Alexandria (703-299-9652; call to confirm arrival); or order online at, a Web site that includes lunch recipes, meal plans and more. Made in the United States.

- Each insulated Lunchsense box contains Lock&Lock food containers, a compact freezable ice pack and a drink bottle. With the release of a few key bits of hardware, the nylon-wrapped box can unfold into a lunch mat. Available in eight colors; $35 for a small box (about the size of a paper lunch bag, with two containers); $39 for a medium box (three containers); $44 for a large box (three containers, one of which is larger). Order online at The boxes are made both in Oregon and in Vietnam; customers can specify whether they wish to order a U.S.-made box.

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