Over the summer, I started to seriously research lunchboxes. You see, I don’t half ass anything, motherhood included and I don’t like the idea of using enough Ziploc bags to fill every landfill and ocean so, I wanted to find something safe and reliable and reusable. In my search ECOlunchboxes came up as a major contender in the bento box market. I reached out, letting them know of my intentions to do a series of posts on the earth friendly lunch boxes and this what they sent me. This is the Tri-Bento which retails for $25.00 plus $5.99 flat rate shipping on their website. They’ve also offered to give one of these away to a reader who wants to give it a spin. Details are at the bottom of the post.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is plastic free, non-toxic, easy to sanitize, can go in the dishwasher, and can withstand falls without cracking. This little guy is really sturdy without being too heavy.
Easy to Clean: This nice shiny piece of equipment is the easiest lunchbox to wash and keep clean. The smooth, shiny, stainless steel pieces don’t adhere to food and its easy t o wipe clean. And the fact that is contains no plastic means you can put it in the dishwasher without worrying about melting or warping.
Comes with Its Own Lunch Bag: I think the little bag is adorable but I’m not sure what my husband thinks. He usually takes this lunchbox to work sans bag and just sticks it in the refrigerator. I use the bag because it doesn’t really fit normally into any other bags, not even my backpack or messenger bag.
Holds A lot of Food: This lunchbox holds enough food for a teenager or grown up. If we do send this for my daughter, who is four, and at preschool all day, two days a week, it fits her lunch and some snacks for after hours.
Stainless Steel: Yeah, I know, this point was also under the pros. And while the materials used to make it easily cleaned also make it impossible to microwave. Most children don’t have access to a microwave so they don’t know what they are missing but my husband, whose lunch is pictured here probably would have appreciated a way to microwave that mac and cheese after it had been in the fridge for a few hours.
Odd Shape and Not Ice Pack Compatible: It’s a good thing this bento box comes with its own little bag because it doesn’t fit in any lunch box that we own and we have a menagerie of them. It is obviously meant to be self contained but that won’t work for my daughter because she doesn’t have access to a fridge and thus we are at the mercy of ice packs to keep her food bacteria free.
Dings: Ok, this one is 100% unfounded because my tri-bento does not yet have any dings despite the fact that I did once drop it on my very solid kitchen floor but because it all fits together like a very specific puzzle, I worry if it was to get bent, it would be unusable.