Review: Planetbox Lunch Box

By Kate Agliata:

Once my children reached an age where they began taking lunch to school, l  knew I needed to start looking for a reusable lunchbox that was not only fun and durable, but also met some decent sustainability and  Eco-friendly standards. Over the years we’ve tried a few different  types, and for the most part I’ve been happy with our choices. Yet,  despite their making it through the entire school year (with lots of  washings might I add) the lunchboxes still seemed too worn and torn to make an encore appearance the following Fall. So this school year we’ve  upped our game plan and decided to send the kids to school with lunches packed in a Planetbox.

Made from stainless steel, Planetbox uses the lunch tray concept, which allows you to pack different foods in individual compartments. A tight  fitting lid closes down over the tray and latches closed, helping to  keep those foods securely in place. The Planetbox fits snugly inside of a washable carry bag that is made out of 100% recycled fibers from  plastic bottles (how cool is that?). The outside of the zippered carry bag comes with a water bottle holder and a snack sized pocket with a Velcro flap top. Inside, a mesh pouch is the perfect size to hold a cloth napkin or eating utensil. Decorative magnets come with a Plantebox (you can choose from a variety of themes) adding some extra fun for the kids, not to mention some much needed  color to the otherwise plain and institutional look of stainless steel.

Planetbox offers additional products as well, such as different size  sealed containers made to fit into several compartments, and perfect for packing “wet” foods.

From both an environmental and a mom point of view, I’m really excited about this new method of carrying lunch. Sustainability, efficiency, and especially practicality, all score high when rating a Planetbox,  however, you do pay dearly for it. The entire kit, complete with the  steel lunch tray, two additional containers, decorative magnets, and the carry bag, costs about $60. Sold individually however, the Planetbox lunch tray sells for around $35, and may be a more feasible option for those looking to spend less. Although it seems like a lot of money to pay upfront, I feel confident that investing in a Planetbox serves multiple purposes, and will easily carry us through several years of lunchbox use.
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About Kate:

Kate, a freelance writer and mother of two, most often finds creative inspiration in writing, but occasionally at the bottom of an empty wine glass. She has hijacked her family’s former lifestyle and is in the midst of creating a simpler and greener approach to life. To follow her family’s challenges and successes in this endeavor, visit her blog, at Kate’s Musings. She and her family have lived in Birmingham since 2009.

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