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February 27, 2009

Showing Some LunchBots Love & Quitting My Tupperware

 

Holy crap! Just last week I was having a nervous breakdown over buying new stuff, and here I am promoting a new product. Again. What can I say? I am human, and this product is awesome.

100% stainless steel LunchBots containersare the brainchild of Jacqueline Linder, a kindred spirit who was sick of plastic and wanted to do something about it. She developed LunchBots as an alternative to plastic lunch containers and plastic baggies. Her approach is an example of the Precautionary Principle in action, as demonstrated in the “Why Avoid Plastic?” section of her site. It’s also very reasonable.

Jacqueline sent me two LunchBots models to try out: the LunchBots Uno and LunchBots Duo. The Duo is divided into two compartments — great for small snack or side dish portions. The Uno is one single sandwich-sized compartment. Before she sent them, I asked about one of my favorite subjects: shipping materials. Here’s what she wrote back:

I ship LunchBots in a box sized to fit the number of containers well in order to eliminate or minimize the amount of stuffing needed. Each LunchBot is wrapped (no tape or stickers) in a small sheet of tissue paper to protect the surface during shipping.

In addition, for retail accounts, we have no box, the containers stack on the shelf and our packaging is merely a 1″ strip of recycled paper that wraps around the base of the container.

On the subject of tape, my boxes self close and I use just a few inches to protect it from being opened by the wrong person. I will definitely look into paper tape, especially since I need more tape for larger wholesale orders.

And just as she promised, the containers were shipped nearly plastic-free:


You might be wondering why I’m so excited about LunchBots when I’ve already written about other great stainless steel containers like those from Life Without Plastic and To-go Ware. Without a doubt, those containers are great for food storage.

What makes LunchBots different is their shape. Flatter than the other containers, LunchBots fit easily into a purse while traveling (although they are not completely leak-proof, so best not to carry them sideways with wet food inside.) The lid does snap on pretty tightly without the need for a silicone seal. In fact, I wondered about whether small children might find the lids difficult to manage. Jacqueline reponded, “Sometimes the lids are tricky the first 1-2 times that kids use them. Once they get the hang of it there are no problems.”

Their flat shape is what enables me to finally give up my Tupperware sandwich container, the last piece of plastic foodware to which I still clung. LunchBots are not quite as square as the Tupperware. I’m hoping Jacqueline (or someone!) will develop a square version in the future. But for now, I’ll be carrying my sandwiches in a LunchBots Uno instead of plastic. And the guys at the Green Bean Cafe who sometimes make my lunch can quit asking me why I have them put my sandwich in a plastic container if I’m so against plastic.

Jacqueline would like you to know that LunchBots have been independently tested at a California lab to certify that they are lead-free. You can use the coupon code FREESHIP09 to order from www.LunchBots.com and get free shipping.

OR if you’ve read this far, you might be in luck. While I’m keeping the LunchBots Uno for myself, I’ll give away the LunchBots Duo to a random Fake Plastic Fish reader. To enter, please leave a comment on this post with your name and the funniest joke you can remember. We can all use a little levity, right?



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InBloom
InBloom

I think that if you already own Tupperware, etc...don't "ditch" it...use it, take care of it, so that it will last for years to come as intended. Don't heat in it, that's all! I have a set of Tupperware tumblers, sandwich containers and snack cups that I bought when my oldest (and then only) daughter was 5. She is now 15. Two more daughters later and all three use them for lunches every day. They were brought up to take care of things so they never got lost or broken. At the end of last school year I got ahold of a bunch of KFC containers that one of their teachers had used and was going to recycle...about 20 of them...I pre-pack fruits and veggies in them for snacks and lunches. I know, plastic is not good, but I figure if I can save it from a landfill and get a long-time use out of it, I should try. All heating and storing of entrees and such are done in glass. When our microwave kicked awhile back, I vowed not to buy another. It's just not necessary!! Everyone thought I was. It's but I LIKE not having it in my home. Just random thoughts, I have never been on this site before, but I like it! :)

Angela Weidmann
Angela Weidmann

A blonde, a priest, and a lawyer walk in to a bar and the bartender says: "Is this a joke?"

Kat Reeves
Kat Reeves

Okay... So a turtle and a tortise get into an accident. A policeman comes by and says, "What seems to have happened here?" The turtle says, "I don't know officer; it all happened so fast." Ok, one more. Have you ever smelled mothballs? Yes How did you get their little legs apart?

Emily
Emily

Hello, I am concerned about what material Lunchbots uses for their powder coat. Their website doesn't specify - here is what I found with some research on powder coating:Powder coating is the process of electro statically spraying pulverized particles of plastic(usually polyester or polyurethane) onto a clean metal substrate (the part to be coated).Does anyone know if they are using some new cutting edge process I haven't heard of???

Bella Bliss
Bella Bliss

Those looks neat! A joke? I'm one of those funny in the moment kinda gals.

Alice B
Alice B

What did the grape say when the elephant sat on it?Nothing, it just let out a little wine ;)

Annie
Annie

I agree, I have been pretty much on a buying moratorium (but I am getting some Kleen Kanteens in for lunch boxes) and then I saw this on another site and thought How Cool! I (may very well) Need That!Love your blog, thank you!

erika
erika

Facinating blog here! I'm becoming concerned myself about plastic, and I will definitely spend time going over your blog.Here's a joke from my five-year old son:Q: What is the difference between roast beef and pea soup?A: Anyone can roast beef. No one can pea soup.

Karen
Karen

I just found Fake Plastic Fish ... very interesting blog! Here's my joke: Why do Eskimos wash their clothes in Tide? Because it's too cold outtide!

islandveggie@hotmail.com
islandveggie@hotmail.com

This isn't a joke but is something funny my 3year old did:While eating dinner a few weeks ago I found a stray catapillar that had got cooked with my swiss chard so I put him on the edge of my plate. My boy noticed and asked to see it. Upon passing it over he poped it into his mouth and ate it! Then he asked "Where are the rest?"As if I was stashing this delectable treat and eating it behind his back!Sure made everyone at my hose have a good laugh!

Beth
Beth

Phooey. Some of my jokes were already taken!Knock knock[who's there?]Ether[Ether who?]Ether bunny. Knock knock[who's there?]Andy[Andy who?]Andy nother ether bunny. Knock knock[who's there?]Stella[Stella who?]Stella nother ether bunny. Knock knock[who's there?]Consumption[Consumption who?]Consumption be done about all these ether bunnies?Beth DeSombre

just ducky
just ducky

Possible idea for Billie:What about using a stainless steel container, heating it up at home and putting it in one of these...http://www.reusablebags.com/store/built-tortuga-medium-insulated-lunch-tote-p-1394.html?Granted, depending on how hot it is...you may have to wrap it in a towel before placing it in the neoprene...I'm just thinking out loud on this. I'm guessing that transferring the food to a plate for heating up in the microwave is not agreeable/is not an option for you? That's the obvious first option, but I understand that isn't always possible for people.Well--that's my idea for the day anyways!

Sharonus
Sharonus

This is my four year old's (current) favorite joke. He learned it from a Scooby Doo episode:- Knock, Knock- Who's there?- Juanita.- Juanita who?- Juanita pizza, man, we're starvin' back here!

Billie
Billie

Perhaps you can help me with my problem re: stainless steel containers.I am looking for something like the To-Go-Ware that is insulated. I guess like Thermos but of course Thermos has plastic outerwear. I would love to use the To-Go-Ware but I always have to heat up my meal in the microwave or somehow put it in something that will keep it hot. How can I accomplish this? Right now, I recycle our Chinese take-out dishes. They are even leak proof so I can bring soups which I do a lot. Lots of time, I already have my meals frozen in my Chinese takeout and just grab one and pop it in my lunch bag. This is a great way to easily use leftovers by putting it in meal-sized containers - ready to roll for a lunch at work.Help?

Anonymous
Anonymous

What's Irish and stays out all winter?Patty O'Furniture:o) diana in co

Lauraz
Lauraz

What did the fish say when it ran into the wall? Dam.Love the stainless steel. I can't wait til I am no longer an unpaid non-profit intern and can buy my very own.

The Purloined Letter
The Purloined Letter

I'm with Hillary--but have a slight extension:What did the Buddha say to the hot dog vendor?Make me one, with everything.The Buddha paid with a hundred dollar bill.The vendor did nothing but smile back at him peacefully, so the Buddha asked directly for his change.The vendor replied with complete equanimity, "Change must come from within."

agreenfire
agreenfire

Wanna hear a dirty joke?A cow fell in a mud puddle. Wanna hear a clean joke?He took a bath.I know, I know. But when I was little, I thought it was hysterical.

Peter H
Peter H

Holy toledo.......really what is wrong with Tupperware! What happens when the s/s box hits the tiled floor or concrete path and dents the edge, making it difficult to close? And it will happen! Too expensive and do not seal well.

Misty
Misty

My sister sent this to me while I was worrying about my Stat class:The Physicist, the Chemist, and the Statistician"Three professors (a physicist, a chemist, and a statistician) are called in to see their dean. Just as they arrive the dean is called out of his office, leaving the three professors there. The professors see with alarm that there is a fire in the wastebasket.""The physicist says, 'I know what to do! We must cool down the materials until their temperature is lower than the ignition temperature and then the fire will go out.""The chemist says, 'No! No! I know what to do! We must cut off the supply of oxygen so that the fire will go out due to lack of one of the reactants.'"While the physicist and chemist debate what course to take, they both are alarmed to see the statistician running around the room starting other fires. They both scream, 'What are you doing?'To which the statistician replies, 'Trying to get an adequate sample size.'"

just ducky
just ducky

Why did Piglet stick his head in the toilet?He was looking for Pooh.I love that joke...

Christy B.
Christy B.

biancasimone - there are a couple of good options for soups and chili:Borosilicate Jars (try The Container Store), Pyrex, Canning Jars, Canning Jars w/hermetic lids and probably the easiest, cheapest, most accessible: re-use any glass food jar such as from mayonnaise, applesauce, pasta sauce, etc...Then use old tupperware to organize tools, nails, screws, sewing supplies and other non-edibles! Anything left Freecycle. Clif: Love your idea and here's my pathetic attempt:Three guys are in a bar drinking beer from plastic glasses. Beth walks in and asks "Why are you guys crying?".The first guys says "I've been walking all over SF today running errands instead of driving and I needed a refreshment. I ordered a beer - who knew it would be served in a plastic cup?"The second guy says "After my shift at Rainbow Grocery I stopped in to get a Peak Organic Beer and I gave them my 3 year old plastic cup that I have been reusing since my first Frat party and it just got a crack in it."The third guy, Karl Rove, says, "You left wingnuts - give me a bowl of BPA, I'll eat it right now. I'm crying because I want my puppet back!"

Lara S.
Lara S.

An old couple during a big party. The old lady whispers to her husband's ear: "Whoops dear, I just passed a silent fart. What do I do?""Well honey, we'll have to fix your hearing aid!"Isn't it cute! I love this joke!(it's hard to translate jokes from spanish to english ;-))I don't get one thing about plastic containers: to make them leak-free, why not just add a screw top?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oops forget the joke. A catholic priest was talking to a kindergarten class about the clothes that he wears during mass. He takes off his clerical collar to show it to the students. He asks one little boy, if he can read the writing on the inside of the collar. The boy nods yes, takes the collar, and says, "Kills fleas and ticks for up to six months."--Ave

Anonymous
Anonymous

These sound perfect for preschool lunches. Would love to win one to try. Preschool lunch boxes are hard to pack with reusable containers. In June, I'll be packing two and need more containers that fit.--Ave

Sandy Jones
Sandy Jones

What did one casket say to the other casket? Is that you coughin'?

carrotlover
carrotlover

Three pieces of string go into a bar and sit a a table. The first one goes up to the bar to order a drink. The bartender looks at him and says, "What are you - a piece of string? We don't serve string. Get outta here." The string goes back to his friends and tells them what happened. So the second string says he'll try and he goes up to the bar. The bartender looks at him and says, "What are you -a piece of string? We don't serve string. Get outta here." He goes back to the table. The third string says, I have an idea. He says, "You guys tie me in a knot." "OK, good, now fray my ends a bit." Then he goes up to the bar. The bartender looks at him and says, "What are you? A piece of string?" And the string says, "Frayed knot" ('fraid not).I know it's kinda dumb but it's the only joke I can ever remember. Thanks for the info on LunchBots. Sometimes I worry about the mining associated with the new stainless steel stuff I buy. I'm reading an interesting book: "Confessions of an EcoSinner - tracking the sources of my stuff" I recommend it.Also, thanks for the laughs - what a great idea!Laurie-Ann

KLund
KLund

Posted this yesterday, but for some reason it didn't go through.A woman trying to spice up her sex life answers the door wearing nothing but Saran Wrap, her husband takes one look and replies, "Oh, God, not leftovers, again!"Heard this one on the radio a while back....What do train sets and breasts have in common?They were originally intended for children, but it's the men who end up playing with them.

Clif
Clif

Wow, this is a tremendous response to your request!Here's some audio humor, a bit old now but good.Now how about a FPF humor contest? Challenge folks to complete something like this...Three guys are sitting in a bar drinking beer from plastic cups.Beth walks in, sees this and says...(fill in from here)

Paige Bayer
Paige Bayer

My four year-old loves knock knock jokes. And during the presidential election, when I was glued to CNN, my son made this joke up one day, and I have to say for a four year-old it was genius! Knock knock. Who's there?Pig.Pig who?Pig with the lipstick! It still makes me laugh. =)

Elle
Elle

So... Santa walks into a bar.Ouch.One of my son's favorite jokes.

arvind
arvind

My first stainless steel lunchbox was probably bought 32 years back . In fact in India we have been using steel boxes in a number of ways , flat ones for sandwiches , stackable kinds for a complete meal or simple round boxes with a lid for carrying a little something . All of this comes in a huge array of shapes and sizes . Not to mention stainless steel plates , bowls and tumblers . Good to see the rest of the world catching up .

Farmer's Daughter
Farmer's Daughter

I'd love to win!Okay, this joke may not be funny, but to me (a science teacher) it is!A neutron walked into a bar, ordered a drink, and pulled out his money to pay the bartender. The bartender said "It's on the house." Surprised, the neutron asked why. The bartender replied: "For you, NO CHARGE!"Ahaha!!!

Erin
Erin

My stock of jokes is limited---okay, I only have one:Man: I once met a man with a wooden leg named Smith.Interlocuter: What was the name of his other leg?Ah, gets me every time. Thanks for the giveaway!Erin H.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My favorite was the "What do you get when you goose a ghost?A handful of sheet!Out of all the wonderful 50 or so jokes, this is the one that made me laugh out loud!I'm terrible at telling jokes, never can remember them. But I love your blog. It inspires me everyday to think about plastic and getting it out of my life.MyraPittsburgh

c out of g
c out of g

OK. I hope nobody gets offended by this joke. After all, it's a joke:How do you call a person that speaks three languages? - Trilingual.How do you call a person that speaks two languages? - Bilingual.So, how do you call a person that only speaks one language? - American!:)

Julie
Julie

What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino?el-if-i-no forbes dot julie at rocketmail dot com

biancasimone
biancasimone

I am ADDICTED to Tupperware! It's a terrible habit, I know, but how else can I transport my homemade soups and sandwiches around without spilling something? I'm always worried about getting liquid all over everything when I bring soup or chili for lunch.BUT! I am going to investigate these awesome metal lunch boxes further. They are really neat looking, and a lot better than plastic. There's no better way to ditch my Tupperware habit than to pick up an addiction to metal lunch boxes, right? :)

Danielle
Danielle

This one's silly, and better out loud: Why did Mozart get rid of his chickens? Because they kept going, "Bawk, Bawk, Bawk!"

funderbug
funderbug

Q: Where do bees use the bathroom?A: The BP StationHa! That's the only joke I can EVER remember.

JT
JT

OK, here is my favorite joke:Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?A: Only one, but the light bulb has to really WANT to change.

felicia
felicia

Q: Why should you not take a Pokemon into the bathroom with you?A: Because it might Pikachu.

teg
teg

Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband, "I’ll bet you don't know what day this is.""Of course I do," he answered as if he was offended, and left for the office.At 10:00 a.m., the doorbell rang and when the woman opened the door, she was handed a box of a dozen long stemmed red roses. At 1:00 p.m., a foil-wrapped, two-pound box of her favorite chocolates was delivered. Later, a boutique delivered a designer dress.The woman couldn't wait for her husband to come home."First the flowers, then the chocolates and then the dress!" she exclaimed."I've never had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life! Enjoy - teganlovesinternet(at)gmail.com

Brande
Brande

OMG! I take that back, the pigeon/statues joke is the greatest thing I've ever heard!

Brande
Brande

Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshippers? They sold their souls to Santa!I must say though, the "European" joke was too funny!

Jennifer
Jennifer

In what kind of weather is a vet the busiest?When it's raining cats and dogs

lace
lace

Currently the only jokes I'm hearing begin "Why did the ______ cross the road?" With the ___ being filled with whatever strikes the 4 year olds mind. Why did the dog cross the road? He didn't he was taking a nap. Why did the chicken cross the road? There was a playground over there.These are the best I've got right now

Fake Plastic Fish
Fake Plastic Fish

Rob, the 12" pianist is my favorite joke and one of the only ones I can remember. In fact, I once performed that joke in an acting class in the voice of Greta Garbo. Seriously. I have done some weird freakin' things in my life.

Robj98168
Robj98168

Ok I cant help myself-ROB's OFF COLOR JOKE OF THE DAYThis guy walks into a bar and sees a 12" tall guy playing a very tinky piano-not thinking much of it he starts talkin to one of the customers- "What's with the little fellow playing the piano?" He asks. The other bar customer said"The bartender is a genie- whatever you ask for he will grant your wish" Oh yeah thought the guy... All of a sudden there are about a million ducks flying through the bar crapping on every one. The guy said- "What the hell is this? I asked for a million bucks!" The other bar customer said"Don't complain- do you thinkI really asked for a 12" pianist?OK slightly off color.

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