Tis the season for the plastic free lifestyle! We’re so excited to celebrate Plastic Free July!
Did you know that plastic-free products have been the mission and passion of our CEO, Sandra Ann Harris, since she founded ECOlunchbox in 2009? Sandra was featured in a TV segment on July 1st (scroll down) telling the story of why she decided to offer a line of lunch boxes, bentos, and accessories without plastic.
For the whole month long, ECOlunchbox is offering free shipping on our 100% plastic-free line of lunch boxes, bentos, sporks, straws, lunch bags, and other tools for zero-waste living.
WHO IS ECOLUNCHBOX?
What kind of stainless steel do you use?
All of the stainless steel used in our lunchboxes and snack containers is high quality, food safe, corrosion resistant and independently tested.
Our ECOlunchbox Oval and yogurt cup and the Blue Water Bento collection with non-toxic 100% silicone lids are made in China of high-quality, food-grade 304 stainless steel.
All other ECOlunchbox stainless steel bentos are made in India with high-quality, food-grade stainless steel 201. For more information about our steel, click here.
What kind of silicone do you use in your Blue Water Bento collection?
Our Blue Water Bento collection uses a pure food-grade silicone that meets FDA and NSF testing requirements. The non-toxic, plastic-free material has multiple upsides for users. Here’s why we love our silicone! It’s non-stick, flexible and easy to clean, and doesn’t dry out and crack with use! Our silicone lids are dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celcius). The silicone lids are also freezer safe, but beware because it’s risky to freeze in our steel containers. Liquids swell when frozen and if the steel container is overfilled the freezing will split the steel.
Why are silicone lids better than plastic?
From a human and environmental health perspective, we believe that silicone is currently the best material available for snap-on, leak-proof food container lids because it’s long-lasting and free of estrogen-mimicking chemicals commonly found in plastics, like bisphenol-A (BPA).
Silicone is a synthetic polymer made from the Earth’s element silicon, which is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust and makes up about 27% of the average rock. When mixed with oxygen, silicon becomes silica and is present in nature as sand and quartz that are commonly used in making glass.
Non-toxic and rubber-like, the silicone material used in our products is much more durable and longer lasting than plastic and it does not contain petroleum. Silicone resists degradation resulting from prolonged use as well as exposure to extreme temperatures and can safely be put in the dishwasher or the oven. Although silicone is not biodegradeable, scientists believe the material is not hazardous to the environment nor toxic to aquatic or soil organisms.
If for some reason (very uncommon!) your silicone lid needs to be recycled, we recommend you contact your local recycler to ask if they accept silicone. Otherwise, you are welcome to mail back damaged silicone lids to our headquarters at ECOlunchbox, P.O. Box 1602, Lafayette, Calif. 94549. To learn more about why we use silicone in our Blue Water Bento collection lids, click here.
Please wash all products with warm soapy water prior to first use.
How do I wash my stainless steel food containers?
With hot soapy water and detergent – or in the dishwasher! Do not use bleach, harsh chemicals, abrasive cleansers or pads. With proper care and cleaning, your stainless steel lunchboxes may be used for years and years to come.
The sticker is a bit difficult to remove, what can I do?
We have changed our stickers so that the glue is no longer too sticky! However, if you have purchased a lunchbox with a super sticky sticker, here’s how to get it off.
- Soak the container in hot soapy water. Rub with a cloth soaked in vinegar.
- If that doesn’t work, soak the label with vegetable oil, then gently scrape off.
- Soak the container in boiling water, allow to cool slightly until you can handle, then scrub sticker off. (See video below)
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