ECOlunchbox makes stainless steel lunch boxes and accessories for those families that are looking to keep their food in containers that are, "Healthy for People and the Planet." They say their products are, "plastic-free, waste-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, petroleum-free and vinyl-free." They are fair trade artisan hand crafted goods made in India. I love that they are doing their part to help the planet and help people. I only have time to go into my real world review of how the products worked for my family, but to learn more about how their products are made click HERE. To learn more about fair trade and how you can make a difference in people's lives check out the Trade As One site HERE.
The customer service for ECOlunchbox was friendly and prompt. They answered my questions very quickly--even on a holiday weekend! I received my products in a couple days and was immediately impressed when I opened the box. Their packaging was simple, but smart and communicated their mission clearly. Their "nutritional facts" label was very clever. All the packaging was made from recyclable materials.
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All the containers held up well after a day at Kindergarten. One thing that surprised me was how cold the containers were after taking them out of the fridge (I make my daughter's lunches the night before). There is no insulation, however, so if your food needs to stay cold for long periods of time you will need to find a way to include ice. ECOlunchbox provides ideas for this on their website so you can check those out if interested. I was wondering how hard it would be to clean, so I tried hand washing and using the dishwasher. Both methods proved very easy to clean. There were some water spots, so if you are very particular, this might drive you nuts.
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My daughter chose the Lunchbag (the largest bag, $50 bundled with container, napkins, and bamboo spork) to take to school. One drawback to using multiple containers is that you need more space in your bag to carry them. This Lunchbag carried them well with room to spare, although you wouldn't be able to carry a tremendous amount of stuff in it. The cool thing about this bag is that it can be converted to be used as a backpack, purse, or hip bag. The cloth napkins match the bag and come in handy for numerous things besides cleaning up.
The Furoshiki ECOsnacksack ($35 bundled with a container and spork) was the smallest bag. My wife really liked this one and said she would use it to tie to the stroller for snacks while she is out with the kids. All the bags have different purposes so the one you would choose would depend on your needs. As a man, I do have to say that while the stainless steel containers work for everyone, the bags seemed to be geared more towards women. Due to the patterns and look, they are not my cup of tea, but I love how they are made and the women I showed them to were highly impressed.
Overall, I give all of these products a high grade. The stainless steel containers don't have the bright colors for kids that some lunch boxes have, but the bags could serve that purpose for your child. If you are looking for reusable lunch containers that help the planet and are well made, then these are for you. They don't come cheap, but if you use them regularly they will pay for themselves over time. You can order them from www.ecolunchboxes.com.
Disclosure: ECOLunchboxes sent me this product to review. I have received no other compensation for this post and the opinions I’m expressing here are solely my own.