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Fix It, Find It & More Tips To Keep Your ECOlunchbox Tickin'

planned ob·so·les·cence


a policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of nondurable materials.

ECOlunchboxes can definitely “take a licking and keep on ticking!”

Longevity of use is what we strive for with our plastic-free products. The quality of our sturdy steel and our durable silicone ensures you’ll be able to use your lunch boxes for years to come.

But this catchy slogan made famous by Timex in the 1950s can only ring true if you know where your lunchbox is and have all the lids you need!

Planning for long and repeated use is kind of like swimming upstream in this culture of “planned obsolescence.” Most consumer products companies plan for the opposite because they want their customers to need to replace their items and buy again and again!

Finding and fixing (by replacing lost lids, adjusting clips and washing correctly) will keep ECOlunchboxes hard at work serving your family for years to come!

We've put together a few tips to make sure you your lunch box makes its way back to you should it ever get lost. And read on to learn more about how to keep it tuned up by following a few simple fix-it and care suggestions!

1. Labels!

There are a ton of label companies out there, but we've personally used Emily Press labels and they've held up great. Write Your Own label line as a green solution for parents looking for an eco-option in name labels. Traditionally custom name labels are made from PVC so what makes this product so unique in the marketplace is Emily Press was able to source materials that were non-PVC and BPA-free. Nevertheless, the labels have the functionality and durability of a PVC label since they are waterproof and work well in the dishwasher. They're also more economical than custom name labels because parents can personalize the labels as they need them so one package can be used for multiple names. 

2. Wax pencil!

Also known as a China marker (used originally for marking China plates, cups, etc), a wax pencil sticks to stainless steel, and can be removed later with a little scrubbing. We've used it to label the contents of our containers, but it can also be used to write your name. 

3. A bag!

It seems simple, but sticking all of your lunch in one place is a no-nonsense way of making sure it gets back home from school or the office. We have beautiful, artisan-made lunch bags available in our shop that work wonderfully for toting lunch containers.


Fix it and More

1. Keep a lid on it

ECOlunchbox offers replacement lids for many of our lunch containers and are working towards providing more. In the event that your lid goes missing, select one from our lids and parts shop.

2. Keep it tight

ECOlunchbox's snack containers and lunch boxes will last a lifetime! They're stainless steel which means with proper care they won't rust with age. Your clips may loosen over time and use, but there's an easy fix! Just follow these tips below to keep your ECOlunchbox Three-in-Ones and Tri Bentos going for years and years.

3. Keep it corrosion resistant

Stainless steel is a material that is used extensively in the kitchen due to its general resilience against things like heat and corrosion. While stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, it's not completely impervious.

Regular gentle cleaning is required to preserve the appearance and integrity of its surface. In fact, stainless steel actually thrives with frequent cleaning, and, unlike some other materials, it is impossible to "wear out" stainless steel by excessive cleaning. Want more details? Read them here.

Beware: If our lunchboxes are treated with harsh chemicals, like bleach, acids, or coated constantly with grease or dirt and not regularly cleaned, the stainless steel is more vulnerable to corrosion and wear. 

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