Eco Lunchbox Review: Healthy Plastic Alternative

Eco Lunchbox Review: Healthy Plastic Alternative
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Like many other families, my husband and I are constantly on the go. If we aren't driving into Louisville every other weekend, we are on the road visiting our parents in Owensboro. A few times a year, we are also traveling for business. While my husband and I both work from home, he every so often has to drive to New Jersey for meetings or important events at work. Since we both love to drive, this really isn't a big deal for us and we usually do the 10 – 13 hour drive in one go, only stopping to switch drivers so we don't get fatigued. The only problem with this, however, is that we eat much more fast food than we like since it is what can easily be found on the road.

If you are anything like me, you are likely wondering why we don't just pack our own lunches. Well, until recently, it wasn't something easy for us. We had packed lunches in the past only to have massive spills or just lose too much room. Since both of us are trying to lose weight, I was determined to find some solution to our eating problem while traveling – something that was compact and easy to handle in the car. After doing some research and talking to my friend Tara, I found the perfect solution – ECOLunchbox. Wanting to know more about their products, I reached out to them, and they were excited to have us review one of their stainless steel sets and cotton bags.

ECOLunchbox: Who Are They

ECOLunchbox: ECOLunchbox 3 in 1 Set

When it comes to unique little containers, I have to say that ECOLunchbox really knows its stuff. I have seen quite a few bento boxes in my life, many of which were small, cheap pieces of plastic. What really makes the EcoLunchbox so unique is its size. I had never seen a stainless steel container that could fit so much food without being terribly heavy. Even better, the clips are easy enough to attach and remove with one hand, making it perfect for eating on the go. I especially loved that it was big enough to hold a sandwich, something I had never seen with this style of box. As you can see from the pictures, this box really can hold quite a bit, making it perfect for busy men and women on the go, or as the perfect compact lunchbox for kids.

ECOlunchbox

For me, it was perfect on my recent trip to New Jersey with my husband. Since I brought the Reya puppy with me, I have been spending more time outdoors and traveling about. While this may not sound like a big deal, most businesses aren't too keen on bringing a dog inside their establishment, meaning that I had very few options for food. Rather than leave her behind or do drive through, I filled my ECOLunchbox with food from breakfast, making it the perfect lunch as Reya and I were traveling about.  Really, who wouldn't want such a versatile lunchbox?

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EcoLunchbox: Furoshiki Eco Knapsack

Out of everything I received from ECOLunchbox, the Furoshiki Eco Knapsack is by far my favorite item. Like most women, I love collecting bags. I have not only a selection of cute purses, but totes, duffle bags, and unique, interesting bags. I think this falls in the last category. I'll also freely admit that the geek part of me that loves Japanese culture also fell in love with this bag, having known what the bag was before I even saw it. I had just never seen one that was this cute! In my opinion, it is the perfect size for lunch, trips to the store, or even as a cute purse!

What really makes ECOLunchbox's bags so unique, however, is how they are made. The fabric used for their bag is made using colorful fair trade textiles. This unique fabric is hand block printed by artisans in India who have been using this technique for generations. This makes the fabric unique and fun! Since they only get a limited run of these fabrics, it is unlikely you are going to run into many people with a bag just like yours!

ECOLunchbox bag

ECOLunchbox: Stainless Spork

Okay, who doesn't like sporks? When I first opened my review pack and found this spork, there was only one word that came to mind – adorable! It has to be the smallest spork I have ever seen, but also one of the most well made, making it the perfect addition to any lunch set. Since it can be thrown in the dishwasher, it is perfect for kids and adults alike. I also love that its small enough to fit in a purse, making it perfect for yogurt treats on the go!

Spork

ECOLunchbox: Overall

For my own experience, I have to say that I am very impressed with ECOLunchbox's products. The stainless steel bento style lunchbox is very easy to use and is really the perfect size for adults. I have honestly never seen one that was truly big enough to hold a sandwich or an adult portion. It is even dishwasher safe, making it perfect for busy families like my own. Best of all, every product sold at ECOLunchbox is practical and fashionable without costing too much, making these items perfect for parents on a budget. Since I enjoy these products so much and am impressed with their overall quality, I can happily give ECOLunchbox an A+ rating!

ECOLunchbox: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase some new lunch items for yourself or your children? You can find ECOLunchbox's entire selection of containers and cotton bags on their website. At ECOLunchbox, you can truly make lunch healthier for your entire family!

 

 

Waste-Free Lunchware by ECOlunchboxes.com

 

 

 

Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive free products from ECOLunchbox for review purposes. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers' opinions.

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124 Responses to Eco Lunchbox Review: Healthy Plastic Alternative

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  4. michelle oakley warner says:

    wow what aa great idea for linches on the go, great review, you made me want to go get one.  i love the spork too, very cool how it looks like so much can fit it in there, great review (again),i enjoyed it a bunch

    • Susan Bewley says:

      I’m so glad you liked the review! I’m someone who is constantly on the go and just don’t have time to deal with poorly made products. I also refuse to travel with plastic containers. The mess isn’t worth it and they are just…well…nasty!

  5. Ellie says:

    I might need this! My husband never warms up his lunch in the microwave and this would be so perfect!  That spork might be the cutes utensil I’ve ever seen! 

  6. Amy D. says:

    I love that it's stainless steel. I really don't like putting warm food in plastic because I'm concerned about chemicals leaching out. I've packed glass in my own lunchbox before, but I can't do that with my kids.

    • Susan Bewley says:

      I really like using stainless steel. The downside is that it can’t be put in the microwave, but most plastic containers say NOT to put the min the microwave. I found the ones that are suppose to be safe also warp. Once that happens, I’m scared to use them!

  7. Beanybopp says:

    I would love this for my husband for his lunches at work. I HATE using plastic baggies so I got cloth ones but he won't use some odd reason (I got them for our son so they have monkeys on them so maybe that is the reason lol) so maybe he will use this. :)

  8. Yesenia says:

    Thanks for the review.  I have been slowly replacing all plastic in my house with stainless steel and have been eyeing the eco lunchbox as the next purchase for my son.  I would love to have this for him for his school lunch starting this fall.  It seems to be a wonderful and well made product.

  9. lisa says:

    I've never seen anything like it before. I like that it's stainless steel. Does it keep food cold or hot? I'll check it out. Thanks.

    • Susan Bewley says:

      I found from testing that it keeps food hot for about an hour to two hours after its been put in the container. It seems insulate things fairly well. For cold, I’m not really sure the last time I used it with cold food I threw it in an insulated bag (my Mighty Nest bag).

  10. Sunnymay says:

    It reminds me of the stacked lunches on PBS delivered in India and keeps the food hot.  I like the way the Eco Lunch Box pieces nest together.

  11. ilona t says:

    wow this looks like a great idea!  would love to try these!  thanks
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  12. Hayley s says:

    That looks awesome for my husband for work! I'm so sick of using plastic and paper bags for him. Thanks for the review!

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  14. Chrystal Ann says:

    I absolutely hate plastic and would love to win these stainless steel containers for my daughter's lunchbox. I have a few stainless pieces that I already use and would love a few more to add to my collection so I don't have to keep washing the same ones everyday!

  15. Michelle D... says:

    As someone that regularly packs lunches, I absolutely love the idea of this product! I try to avoid using plastic whenever possible and usually make the most out of mason jars when possible. The idea of stainless steel would eliminate the concern of the glass containers getting banged around and possibly broken.

  16. Kali says:

    I've had this lunch box on my wish list for a while. Paired with the gorgeous bag it would be even more amazing to have!

  17. Diane Cooper says:

    The ECO Lunchbox sounds like the perfect solution for my 6 year old grandson. He absolutely refuses to even try the school lunches, which sound pretty nutritious. It has been a struggle coming up with a lunchbox that is kid friendly that I feel good about – this sounds perfect!

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  19. Sherry Compton says:

    Those bags are beautiful. I really like he blue/turquoise one.  Very trendy and elegant.  I worry about containers being sturdy, but Hesse would be great for keeping food contained and separated and be durable enough for traveling.

  20. meegan whitford says:

    I love this idea!  So cute and compact yet will fit a good sized lunch in it love it!

  21. md kennedy says:

    So perfect for traveling, picnics….and I love the Japanese-style "lunchbox" – so pretty and not run-of-the-mill.  Sure would make any airplane seat-mate jealous if you pulled this out for a meal on a flight where there was no food served!

    • Susan Bewley says:

      It made lots of people jealous when they saw me pull this out for lunch. When traveling, its nice to have something that you can you can easily fill with food, especially if you like spending time out in nature ;)

  22. Dorothy Teel says:

    The Eco Lunchbox is very neat and seems to be very space conscious, I like that the trays are made of stainless steel which is dishwashable and makes it unbreakable which is what happens to glass containers in lunch and I like that the lunch bag is made of  fair trade artesians in India.  These are very neat and compact and of course the spork is cool.

  23. Lori Davis says:

    Stainless steel is my first choice when packing my kids school lunch. I currently use bamboo cutlery, but the stainless spork looks great because it doesn't take up so much room! 

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  25. Deborah D says:

    Finally something well made that will last along time.

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  27. JJ Caraway says:

    These staineless steel Eco Lunchboxes are awesome and the spork is too cute. This set is perfect for lunches or just on the go and so convenient.

  28. Jennifer T says:

    I love these! I'm working on what to pack for my daughter's lunches this fall and have been shopping around for something like this. These look great!


  29. I love that the fabric is fair trade, and that they stainless steel is safe to use, wears well and is easy to clean!

  30. Amy says:

    This is awesome!!  I had no idea there were these options out there!

  31. Susan Broughton says:

    I've never seen a complete lunch set in stainless steel before.  I is too pretty to use lol.  My daughter just got her first job and has been taking her lunch.  She has been wanting to get one of these sets so she doesn't throw away so much.  

  32. Susan White says:

    I have been really interested in going green anyway that I can. This looks like the perfect way to do that very thing.

  33. sandra davis says:

    never really though about a healthy alternative for packing lunches.  Looks great and is really making me think now that my son starts school.

  34. teresa mccluskey says:

    These are so cool, I wish I had them back when I was in school, but my daughter will need one soon! So I am going to check them out forsure!

  35. Rumsita says:

    I'd love this – I'm slowly planning to replace all of my plastic with glass and stainless containers.  I'd love to try this brand out!  Since the glass and stainless are so much more expensive, I don't want to get a bunch of a brand I don't end up liking!

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  37. Sheila Chaffins says:

    I think it is great that we are moving away from plastic! I want one.

  38. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love their fabrics! they remind me of my travels… and the stainless is great, especially with kids… they cant wreck it or break it and if they stash it somewhere it doesnt soak up old food stink! we've been trying to switch over but it takes a while on a budget!

  39. Diana Ward says:

    Quitting plastic is a good idea, but I've not seen such a good alternative until now. Kudos to Sandra Harris, and to Rayven for this giveaway!

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  41. Lu Ann says:

    When I first read this I thought it was a silly gimik but after seeing it and reading about it there are some awesome ideas for more effective lunches


  42. I may not use these for food much, though they look very useful for keeping luncyh nice and fresh.  I bead and I have cats, I love containers with lockable lids, the cats can knock over my beads and the locking lids keep me from losing my beads all over the floor.

  43. Stephanie says:

     When my daughter was taking her lunchbag to school every day, I always wondered if she or her lunches were being exposed to chemicals. These sound great for everybody to use on a daily basis!

  44. Elizabeth Hanson says:

    This lunchbox would be awesome for my job.  I drive a schoolbus and do 3 routes a day with about an hour between routes which leaves me eating fast food between routes and gaining lots of weight.  This lunchbox will allow me to pack my own food which is incredible.  This is a school bus drivers dream.

  45. Gabriel Rossi says:

    It's so cool: it's stainless steel and keeps the food warm for about 2 hours! 

  46. Kris DeVoss says:

    Love the review and I am dying to purchase these products …I can not stand plastic so these would be perfect for my husband and I in our travels …And I just have to have that ADORABLE spork!!!

  47. Nicole Bear says:

    I want one of these lunch boxes so bad!  My husband always takes my other storage containers for his lunch and never brings them back.  He wouldn't be allowed to touch my Eco Lunchbox!!

  48. Cara Daymude says:

    What a great idea and love the way they look & that it helps the planet by reducing paper bag usuage.

  49. lisa says:

    I prefer stainless steel over plastic. I'd much rather use, wash and reuse instead of dispoing of plastics.

  50. Angela W says:

    I love this review. I have been looking into purchasing stainless steel ecolunch boxes for my son.  I love that it comes with the spork.  We are always on the go and this would be perfect

  51. KAREN COCHRANE says:

    this is an awesome review

     

  52. Linda Petteys says:

    what I like about this product is that the stainless steel is so much easier to clean and keep sanitary than plastic.  Also no staining.  Never heard of these so thankyou!

  53. Sarah L says:

    I like the stainless boxes, but I REALLY like the bag. Beautiful.

  54. Kohila says:

    In this India, this type of lunch box is mostly available and people would buy this one everytime. Great review….


  55. I absolutely love this! not only does my son usually take a lunch to school, but I also have occassion to pack a lunch or a snack when attending fiber guild workshops or when I will be gone from the house for the day. If it is a food we want to eat warm I try to cook it or pack it warm so there is no reheating involved. I do not like reheating things in plastic of any kind. 
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  56. Faye Mc says:

    Stainless steel is my favorite reusable material; no BPA, dishwashable and long lasting.  I think my favorite is the spork!  It's so cute and practical.  Thanks for the great review.

  57. Jeanie says:

    I am a mother of 3 boy's and as you know I am on the go 24/7. I think this eco lunch box is a great and useful product. I would like to win one of these

  58. tia albright says:

    thanks for the review. i really love this stainless steel lunch kit. i have been wanting a stainless steel set and this seems perfect.

  59. Barbara T Dunaway says:

    the eco lunch box sounds like a good product. it would be a great way for me to carry my lunch to work. 

  60. Liesel Seryak says:

    I like these but wonder if the clasp is preschooler-friendly. A friend of mine keeps a set in the car for taking home restaurant leftovers instead of Styrofoam.

    • Susan Bewley says:

      I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure if a preschooler could easily deal with the clasp. It is a bit tight. Not a problem for most, but it may be too much for little hands, IMO

  61. Holly J says:

    This is a really neat idea & a great way to avoid environmental waste.

  62. JanD says:

    I like the 3 in 1 set and that it's stainless steel.

  63. Christian Alejandro says:

    It's useful. I really love the look of it too! Very neat lunchbox!

  64. MGT says:

    I have seen the bento-style boxes in various places, but only in plastic. These are the first stainless steel I've seen. I don't mind plastic too much, but I do worry about putting hot things in it or tomato-based dishes that would possibly melt it, so these look like a good option.

  65. Yesenia says:

    Thanks for the review!  I have one for one of my sons and it is awesome.  Need to get another one for my other son who will be starting school.

  66. Carl G says:

    This would be great for my daily lunch at work. I usually have my lunch in the work van, so it would come in handy. The spork is a nice design.

  67. cylina williams says:

    These are so cute and functional looking. I love this and my daughter loves anything that is cute! I love the spork too, so different.

  68. winda says:

    I also always carry a lunch box to the office for lunch, in addition to more efficient, also do not pollute the earth with a lot of trash :) nice review dear ^_~
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  69. JoBeth says:

    I have wanted this to pack my sons school lunch since I saw it love the design

  70. Kitty says:

    I love eco-friendly products! These look great!

  71. Alexis Croce says:

    I am tempted by these. So sick of throwing away plastic containers after they get ratty so quickly.

  72. Shannon says:

    I love this! I've been looking for a new lunchbox to try and save money by bringing my food, and I really like the idea of this one being eco-friendly.

  73. Jessie H says:

    Great review! The bag looks fantastic! I have one of these lunchboxes, but it didn't come with the adorable spork (I'm a tad jealous). It seems like the steel its made of is better quality than my tiffins from a different company (they tend to rust, and that company makes bamboo "silverware" which falls apart after a short time). I really like my EcoLunchbox. The only things I would change are 1) the bottom section is a little too shallow once you nest the top section on, so the little rectangular snack container only fits in the top, and a sandwhich gets squished if put into the bottom 2) I would LOVE the option to stack a third or even fourth tier. I like to pack a variety of foods for lunch, and additional sections that lock together would be amazing!.. then they could also have perhaps small square containers similar to, but smaller than the snack container, for dipping sauces like dressing, hummus, & peanut butter.

  74. abcegc says:

    I think I might need something like this.  I like that it's stainless steel since everything else I see is plastic.

  75. krista grandstaff says:

    This looks fantastic! We have totally given up fast food here, and while we do travel very frequently, it has been difficult trying to pack meals and not have them leak/dump/scatter.. we too travel with pets, and kids, so having one for each od us looks like it would be a worthwhile investment! ( my oldest has a tiffin, but the round shape of that makes it awkward when we are packing and space is at a premium!)

  76. Margot C says:

    I love stainless steel, so clean and holds up so well. I try to eliminate all zip lock bags and plastic bags from our lives (I'm almost there)


  77. Thank you for your review! I love the fact that the lunchbox can hold a decent amount of food. The cloth bags are gorgeous. Thank you for all of the pictures. I was glad to hear the fabric is fair trade.

  78. Angela W. says:

    I love this stainless steel lunchbox.  I'm always driving back and forth taking the kids to school and practice, this would be great for me to pack my own lunches on the go.

  79. jeanne jewett says:

    This is an amazing development in brown bagging it!  Stainless Steel lunchboxes are definetly chic, not to say eco-friendly. I love the idea of the "ss spork" (matching utensils…cool!) as a tool and the closures seem pretty dandy too,  Got 5 stars (sporky ones of course!) from me :)

  80. Maggie Fout says:

    I love how compact this is!!  As a mom who has been working to cut plastics out of our life this lunch set seems like a great addition and a perfect fit!  Add to it the fact that the bags are fair-trade OMG fantastic!.

  81. polly says:

    I love their products and I use their small containers for lunches for work. I'm glad that I am not wasting and hurting the enviroment by using these products. I love the entire line they offer.

  82. Edna Myers says:

    With my hubby working on all of the Ohio Bridge Projects, this would be perfect for him. Plus, Eco-friendly products always gain my attention. Nice blog by the way. You must not be far from me. I live in Madison, IN..

  83. Adrienne McElwain says:

    I absolutly love these lunch boxes! Thank you for the review! I enjoy entering the give-aways even though I have never won one but I enjoy even more getting to find and explore new items such as this! I think all of my christmas shopping is going to be done from reviews such as this! 

  84. Kitty says:

    I love this.  I hate using plastic and I'm always nervous of carrying glass containers around.  I love stainless steel.  Now if we can only get all of our work places to use toaster or convection ovens instead of microwaves!

  85. Happi Shopr says:

    I love that it's stainless steel so that it's antimicrobial.  I'd love this for hubby's lunch

  86. Serafina says:

    This review was very informative. My daughter is starting kindergarten this year and we really have been trying to decide what the best way to go is as far as lunch boxes. Thanks for the advice on this one.

  87. Howell W. says:

    Great review, and what a great idea! I often take cold stirfry to work for lunches, and it hardly needs to be said that a stainless steel lunchbox with insulating properties is a better option than cool-whip and cottage cheese containers! 


  88. i really like this lunchbox. the different compartments keeps everything separated and the spork is actually kind of funny! =)

  89. Melissa Kling says:

    I absolutely love the quality of the stainless steel!  Does not ding or look banged up!  Very nice for lunches for all ages!

  90. Jean says:

    These are so stylish! I love reusable containers for my kids' lunches. I especially like the Spork that comes with this set!

  91. Patti Barnes says:

    THis was a very helpful review & just in time for me to get organised for back to school – thank you

  92. laurie says:

    i love this and the plastic is great

  93. Terri says:

    I love the idea of being more green. I have been trying to become a more green household. I also love the look of the lunch box. 

  94. Jill says:

    I love this! It reminds be of the containers I used to use to pack my husband's lunch in India….they are called tiffins there.  So handy!


  95. I'm a big fan pof packing lunches and of using reusable containers. We seem, however, to have a lot of random plastic lunch and snack containers that don't always fit well together, and we need a new lunch box–two, maybe, with two kids who'll need packed lunches this year! And wow, love that knapsack.

    PLUS: My 5-yr-old has long wanted a spork. This one is just too cute.

  96. heather says:

    I love the look of these lunch boxes.  I love that they are thinking of the environment we all need to start doing this a lot more.

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  98. Gail Williams says:

    I am convinced that I need these bento boxes for my husband's lunch for his sandwiches!

  99. krystel says:

    never heard of it but sounds interesting 

  100. Tara Gauthier says:

    I love all the neat containers coming out now for lunches and this one is great too. I love that it is made of stainless steel!

  101. Jacki M says:

    That sounds great and with two of us taking a lunch almost every day it would be great.  I really like the utensil that comes with it too as plastic silverware doesn't hold up and who wants to bring your actual silverware to be lost?


  102. I would give this a try.I think my kids might like them.

  103. Jennifer Pruneda says:

    Wow what a great idea for lunches on the go. As a single mom with 4 girls it is often hard for me to afford eating out on the road with my budget. This would be an excellent way for my kids and I to eat on a trip and wouldn't cost so much.

  104. Jennifer W says:

    That is an awsome lunchbox. I have been trying to be better at making things more reusable with my kids' school lunches. That would be a cool thing to have.

  105. Emily Linton says:

    Wow, this is cool! I've never seen anything like this. It would be a great way to send lunches with my husband every day!

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