Like many parents, I want my child to have what’s best for them. This has started me on a quest to make sure I find the most ecofriendly options available for most things, since stuff that is ecofriendly is often times the best for you and your family (less toxins, natural ingredients, etc). I’ve been slowly transforming the way my entire family lives, and lunches was bound to come up eventually.
I used to use a frozen meal as a lunch each day while at work. I occasionally had leftovers, but those were even usually some leftover Chinese dish in the plastic container they arrived in. I decided to start taking better lunches a long time ago, but I wasn’t exactly using the best containers. I know it should have been obvious to me a long time ago, but it wasn’t. In fact, it didn’t dawn on me that the super flimsy plastic containers I was using might be unwise until I grabbed one out of our cabinet to put food in, and it SMELLED. My goodness, did it smell BAD! It was a rancid onion sort of smell.
Shortly after that incident, I found EcoLunchboxes. The stainless steel alternatives to plastic containers intrigued me, and these products offered me a back-to-the-basics solution. They were generous enough to send me out a sample of some of their products to review: The Solo Cube (square), The Eco Dipper, and the ECOsnacksack.
I decided to test these items out with apples and hummus. I knew a sandwich would fit fantastically in the Solo Cube, so I decided to cut up a very large PinkLady apple instead. It held the entire apple (which, honestly, was impressive! That thing was about ¾ of a lb.!). The apple only got slightly discoloured as it was stored in the container. This made me rather happy since they usually completely brown in my plastic containers.
For the Eco Dipper, I put in some garlic hummus for a snack (along with separately packed un-salted tortilla chips). While I knew the hummus would store just fine, I intentionally left it sitting out (after the hummus was consumed) from 9 in the morning (yes, I ate hummus early!) until I left work for the day. By the time I washed the containers that evening, it had been sitting at room temperature with the lid sealed for approximately 10 hours.
I used the ECOsnacksack to hold he Solo Cube, but it wasn’t big enough to hold anything else. It would easily hold the EcoDipper and another smaller item, or a water bottle and a snack, but it is a “snack” sack and not a “lunch” sack. That’s something to keep in mind! (Ecolunchboxes also offers a larger bag called the ECOLunchwrap if you want the bag to hold your full lunch!)
By now, I’m sure someone is wondering why on earth I purposefully left something like garlic hummus in a sealed container at room temperature for hours on end. Well, it’s simple. I wanted to test how easily the containers cleaned out, and if they would smell like that plastic container did.
I was very impressed at how easy it was to wash the containers. I opted to wash them by hand, and they might as well have been unused with me washing them as it was a cinch! The hummus didn’t stick in any of the contours of the Eco Dipper like I thought could happen, and neither container had any smell in them after they were washed. Other than my fingerprints on them, they looked (and smelled) brand new!
All in all, I love these! Obviously you cannot microwave the containers, but that is the only downside. They hold food great, nothing leaked, the held the scent of the garlic within while sealed (so no coworkers complained!), but didn’t smell after being washed. The containers were easy to open, and easy to clean. They were wonderful! They are also non-toxic and waste-free! The ECOsnacksSack was a bit small for me to use, but was not only adorable but sturdy. It functions great for a snack carrier, just look for the next size up if you want it to hold a meal. If you want more information on EcoLunchboxes, you can read about the why and story behind ECOlunchbox .
Not only was EcoLunchboxes generous enough to send me these products for review, but they have offered the same sampler pack to one of my readers! You can purchase the Solo Cube for $20 (the more you purchase, the less they cost), the Eco Dipper for $7, and the ECOsnacksack for $15. You can also enter below to win a Solo Cube, and Eco Dipper, and an ECOsnacksack of your very own! (Colours of prize won may be different than the products shown in this review.)
Disclosure: I receive sample(s) for the purpose of testing and review. These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Thoughts Of Fluff is not responsible for shipment of the prize(s).