What's the worst part of bringing lunch to work every day? Packing it. As much as we'd love to save some extra cash and live more sustainably by repurposing last night's leftovers, the idea of cramming and toting it all in some cumbersome non-microwavable vessel for all of work to see is bleak. Because let's face it, that mismatched "where did this even come from?" container is just not cute.
So, we sought out the chicest containers to (hopefully) compel us to get our lunch-packing shit together just in time for back-to-school season. It's time to say goodbye to random lids, stained plastics, and cluttered cabinets. Get pumped to pack tomorrow's lunch with the streamlined assortment of sleek bento boxes, colorful bowls, and elegant salad jars ahead.
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Elevate your repurposed leftovers by packing them inside a ceramic bowl printed with an artful design.
Urban Outfitters Lunch Bowl, $10, available at Urban Outfitters
A stylish twist on traditional bento-style boxes, this peach-accented lunch pack comes with three removable containers and magnetic chopsticks wrapped up inside an all-natural bamboo case.
Prepd Pack, $69, available at Anthropologie
These pink collapsible bowls are the ideal tote-your-lunch-to-work and back without an overflowing-bag-hassle containers.
Cartints Silicone Collapsible Bowl Set, $26.99, available at Amazon
Use this elegant, multi-compartment tin with a latched lid for a dry ingredients on the top and wet on the bottom type lunch situation.
Cost Plus World Market Hammered Metal Tiffin Lunch Box, $9.99, available at Cost Plus World Market
The savviest lunch packers' won't eat out without their LBB (little black bento) — this rectangular box is crafted from a dishwasher-safe bamboo fiber in a stylish matte-black sheen.
EKOBO Rectangular Bento Box in Black, $25, available at Need Supply Co
Sandwiches can be chic and sustainable too when packed neatly inside one of these jute-cotton blend, reusable canvas bags.
Life Without Plastic Life Without Plastic Juco Sandwich Bag, $10, available at Urban Outfitters
We already love the lunch-in-a-jar movement, and this lunch-in-a-pot situation does not fall short of that trend. It's compact, dual compartments make an ideal vessel for taking yogurt parfaits or soups on-the-go.
We love the smooth blush hue of this lidded lunch bowl made with a non-slip, BPA-free silicone exterior and a glazed-ceramic interior.
W&P Design Portable Ceramic Lunch Bowl, $40, available at The Grommet
Rubbermaid's Brilliance line takes our lunch-packing game to sleek new levels.
Rubbermaid Food Storage Container, $12.09, available at Amazon
Classic canning jars have become a trendy staple in the lunch-packing scene — buy a four-pack from this chic 1930's brand and get creative with layering your leftovers , from snacks to soups and salads.
Le Parfait 1L French Glass Canning Jars (Pack of 4), $44.9, available at Amazon
Keep your multi-layered lunch stacked to organized perfection with this tiered stack of pastel-colored, stainless-steel containers.
Mr. Dakai 3-Tier Stainless-Steel Lunch Box, $28.86, available at Amazon
This microwave-safe and minimalist container comes strategically designed with a compartmentalized interior, one-to-two cup measurement lines, and safety-grip handles for reheating last night's ramen noodle feast.
The Container Store Progressive Ramen Noodle Bowl, $7.99, available at The Container Store
Lifefactory's container is stylish, durable, AND made of eco-friendly materials.
Lifefactory 4-Cup Glass Storage With Silicone Sleeve, $19.99, available at Amazon
Make the ultimate desk salad with a little help from this leak-proof container that comes complete with separate cutlery compartments and dressing boxes.
Mepal Salad Box, $32, available at Anthropologie
Let this expanded bento box in a zesty lemon tint turn last night's leftovers into today's enviable desk feast.
Takenaka Expanded Double Lemon Zest Bento Box, $37.99, available at Amazon
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