Eco-parenting and a search for the greenest lunchbox
Writer Heather John is what her friends politely call "obsessive," so when she set out to find the greenest way to pack her 2-year-old's lunch, things quickly got insane. She writes:
I spent hours researching containers for my preschooler's lunch, polling parents about practicality and e-mailing manufacturers about BPA, or Bisphenol A, a chemical that can be found in many containers and that some researchers believe may have adverse health effects.
What all this means for other eco-conscious parents is that John did your work for you. Read her story on what it was like to put all the pieces of her ultimate green lunch kit together, be glad it wasn't you, and then feel free to use her findings -- from where to get the greenest reusable kids cutlery (Ikea) to the ultimate toxic-free ice pack (Kids Konserve). We put it all together in a handy green lunch photo gallery.
-- Deborah Netburn
Photo: The new juice box -- John likes the Sigg Little Kids Bottle, $18, a 10-ounce aluminum bottle with BPA-free lining. Credit: Sigg.