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Lunch Boxes: From Brown Bags to Sustainable Solutions

Written by: Smash Products | Date: 6/21/24

Lunch Boxes: From Brown Bags to Sustainable Solutions 

Picture this: the lunch bell rings, and kids rush to unpack their meals. Amid the chatter and excitement, out come the iconic lunch carriers—each one a tiny piece of history. 

From humble brown bags to today’s snazzy, sustainable lunch boxes, the way we pack our meals has come a long way. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the evolution of lunch boxes and discover how Smash is shaking things up with eco-friendly flair. 

The Early Days of Lunch Packing 

Back in the day, lunch packing was all about simplicity. Imagine a cloth napkin or a sturdy metal pail carrying your midday meal. These practical solutions did the job, but they weren’t exactly Instagram-worthy. Enter the brown paper bag in the early 20th century—cheap, disposable, and oh-so-convenient. Perfect for school kids and workers alike, these bags were the lunch-packing MVPs, despite their tendency to tear and contribute to landfill waste. 

The Rise of Metal and Plastic Lunch Boxes 

Fast forward to the 1950s, and lunch packing got a serious upgrade. Metal lunch boxes, often featuring favourite TV characters, became the must-have accessory. Durable and stylish, they were the envy of every playground. But the 1970s brought a new player to the field: plastic lunch boxes. Lightweight, colourful, and practically indestructible, these boxes captured the hearts of kids everywhere. Lunchtime had never been so cool! 

The Environmental Concerns with Traditional Lunch Boxes 

As awesome as they were, traditional lunch boxes came with their own set of problems. Brown bags were landfill magnets, and the production of metal boxes was resource-heavy. Plastic lunch boxes? They brought along issues like plastic pollution and health risks from chemicals like BPA. As the world woke up to these environmental and health concerns, it became clear that a change was needed. 

The Shift Towards Sustainability 

Cue the late 20th century, and the scene started to shift. People began swapping out disposables for reusable cloth bags and metal containers—not out of necessity, but out of a desire to save the planet. Consumer awareness was on the rise, and eco-friendly products were becoming the new cool. This green revolution paved the way for a new era of lunch boxes that are as sustainable as they are stylish.

Modern Sustainable Solutions 

Welcome to the present, where lunch boxes have had a major glow-up. Today’s sustainable options are crafted from materials like stainless steel, bamboo, and BPA-free plastics. These eco-chic containers are designed with modern life in mind—think built-in compartments, insulation, and leak-proof seals. Leading the charge is Smash, with a lineup of lunch boxes that are not only good for the planet but also bursting with personality. Say goodbye to boring lunches and hello to eco-friendly awesomeness! 

Benefits of Sustainable Lunch Boxes 

Switching to sustainable lunch boxes is a win-win-win. For the environment, it means less waste and a reduced carbon footprint. For your health, it means saying goodbye to nasty chemicals and hello to peace of mind. And for your wallet, it’s an investment that pays off—these durable boxes are built to last, saving you money in the long run. Plus, with Smash, you get all this with a side of style and fun. 


From the plain old brown bag to the eco-friendly powerhouses of today, lunch boxes have come a long way. Smash is at the forefront of this evolution, blending sustainability with style to create lunch boxes that are as funky as they are functional. 

Ready to join the green revolution? Make the switch to a Smash lunch box and pack your meals with a side of eco-friendly flair. Here’s to a greener, more exciting lunchtime future!