We're all doing our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle... right? So when it comes to your kid's lunches (or even yours at work), you know you should be using a reusable lunch box or bag. But it's not that simple. Plastic lunch boxes bring concern of BPA, phthalates, and all those baddies that can leach into your lunch. No thanks! So, I have a pretty cool eco-friendly option for you: PlanetBox!
PlanetBox containers are made of stainless steel, which is dishwasher safe, non-toxic, non-leaching, recyclable, and doesn't pick up odors or stains like plastics do. They are also segmented (like the Japanese bento box!!), allowing you to separate foods and keep the meal more organized. They come in 3 different size options (each having several color options for the carrying case):
We got our hands on the PlanetBox Shuttle, their smallest box, which I thought would be a good size for my little toddler. The first thing I noticed was that it's pretty heavy - one pound according to their website. I guess that's just one of the drawbacks of metal as opposed to plastic, but it's certainly not as heavy as a glass container would be, so it's kind of the middle ground in that respect. The metal container, and the way it snaps shut (which is easy for kids to open and close) made me feel like a boy scout from the 1950's! Ha! Definitely a unique style, in a good way!
You'll have an option of the carrying case you get (my son is in love with the blue alien one we got), and they come with matching magnets that you can use to decorate your lunch box with! Very cool, and easy to keep clean - just remove before you throw the box in the dishwasher, and rinse off the magnets by hand!! Here are a couple of examples:
Unfortunately PlanetBox does not seal water-tight, so you have to be careful not to include anything loose in there that is too liquidy. If you have a sauce, put it in the dipper container. If you have ripe sliced peaches or something, you might consider putting them in a water-tight baggy such as wet bag. And if you need to keep it cool you'll need to purchase their cold kit ($8), an ice pack made with purified water (yay!), which will do the job for up to 8 hours.
You can buy a PlanetBox on their website or you can enter to win one in my huge $300 value jackpot 8-product Back To School Giveaway running through September 8!
Enter to win here!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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