Why Blue Water Bento?
Since ECOlunchbox has been launched to market its line of plastic-free, eco-friendly lunchware in 2009, its mission is to help reduce their dependence on plastics by providing high-quality, plastic-free lunchware alternatives.
In 2014 we ate ECO lunchbox the Splash Box and a set of printed lunch bags as the first components of our Blue Water Bento collection of stainless steel and silicone lunchware that is ocean-friendly, leak-proof, and 100% plastic-free. In 2015 we successfully funded three more additions to our Blue Water Bento line thanks to an amazing Kickstarter community effort.
Splash Pod ™ - A leak-proof snack pod. Two fit inside our original Splash Box perfectly.
Seal Cup ™ Solo - A go-to container with a leak-proof silicone lid for to-go snacks or dips.
Seal Cup ™ Trio - A set of three nifty, nesting, round containers in small medium and large.
Due to popular demand, we have recently added three new items, growing the breadth and versatility of our lunch ware collection. These new items include:
Seal Cup ™ XL - A lunch container for salads and larger portions.
Seal Cup ™ Mini - Our smallest container is perfect for dips, dressings and other tasty tid bits.
Sea Turtle Lunch Bag - A beautiful addition to our fun, but practical, organic cotton lunch bags.
Plastic Convenience Sans Plastic?
Over the years we have heard the need again that we loved our 100% stainless steel lunchbox - non-toxic, dishwasher safe, rugged, plastic free! What else could they dream for? Well, there was one little thing .... we got requests for a plastic-free lunchbox that was also leak-free.
In essence, our community really wanted the no-leak convenience or plastic - without the plastic!
ECO lunchbox worked on numerous prototypes for a no-leak and no-plastic design including gaskets. The challenge was to develop a gasket design that would not fall out - but could easily be removed for cleaning so that food could be completely washed away between uses. As a mother herself, ECO lunchbox Founder Sandra Ann Harris thought it was really important to have the no-leak function of an easy-to-clean design! (Dishwasher safe, please!)
Ultimately, we decided that a member made entirely of food-safe silicone (made from silica) would meet the needs of our community in terms of offering the convenience of a leak-free and plastic-free member. with a stainless steel bottom.
From a human and environmental health perspective, we believe that silicone is the best material available for snap-on, leak-proof food container lids. It's much more durable and durable than plastic, resisting degradation or prolonged use. Although silicone is not biodegradeable, scientists believe that the material is not hazardous to the environment nor toxic to aquatic or soil organisms.
Love of People + Planet
The look of our new Splash Box ™ and the Blue Water Bento line is decidedly more modern and contemporary that our classic ECO lunchbox line featuring classic stainless steel lunch boxes paired with handmade artisan lunchbags. But do not be fooled by the modernity of our new design, ECO lunchbox's traditional eco-friendly values . We are committed to helping families reduce their dependence on high-quality, plastic-free alternatives.
ECO lunch box is delighted to be part of a growing global anti-plastic movement. Awareness of the perils of plastics has moved into the deep green communities into mainstream consciousness thanks to the frequent publication of articles in major newspapers as well as reporting on the major radio stations and television networks.
Over the years, we've found that a primary driver of purchasing behavior among our ECO lunchbox community is concern about the hormone-disrupting toxins in plastics, such as bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates. Oftentimes expectant mothers and parents or small children are preferable to reducing the use of plastics for health.
Additionally, many environmentalist consumers are motivated to reduce their dependence on plastics since 1% of global plastic is recycled each year. The remaining 99% of plastic waste either ends up in a landfill or lost in the environment. Many people do not realize that Earth's largest landfill is not on land at all. An immense collection of plastic debris is accumulating in the North Pacific Ocean in a fixed gyre dubbed the "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." The life of this area is sensitizing people to the environmental threat plastic poses in this area as well as others in other parts of the world. Marine life is accidentally eating plastic as well as getting entangled in the plastic.
We believe that with our Blue Water Bento collection we're tapping into the desires of families everywhere to live healthier lives - for both people and planet! Our products empower people to choose plastic at lunchtime - and to start a journey in other areas of their lives towards reducing their dependence on plastics. We are grateful to share this journey with our ECO lunchbox community and welcome your feedback on our new Blue Water Bento collection.