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How to Keep Your ECOlunchbox Forever

Fix It, Find It ECOlunchbox Tips

We don’t believe in "planned obsolescence." ECOlunchboxes are designed for the long haul! Made with high-quality, sturdy stainless steel and durable silicone lids, we work hard to make products that will last for years and years.

Planning for long and repeated use is kind of like swimming upstream in this culture of “planned obsolescence,” which means a product has been deliberately designed to wear out or break and require replacing. Most consumer products companies want their customers to replace their items and buy again and again so they make more money!

We've put together a few tips to make sure your lunchbox 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!

Reusable, durable, dishwasher safe, non-toxic stainless steel lunchboxes by ECOlunchbox

Don't Lose It Tips!

1. Use 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 is also a green solution for parents looking for an eco-option in name labels.

Traditionally, custom name labels are made from PVC, which contains BPA, but Emily Press’ labels are non-PVC and BPA-free. They’re also super durable, waterproof and you can even put them 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. 

Stainless steel reusable ECOlunchbox BPA-free containers with labels


2. Write your name with a 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 rubbing. We've used it to label the contents of our containers, but it can also be used to write your name.

3. Use 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.

No-leak Blue Water Bento lunchbox food containers with silicone lids on stainless steel by ECOlunchbox

Quick Fixes for your ECOlunchbox

ECOlunchbox stainless steel and silicone no-leak, BPA-free, plastic-free Blue Water Bento food containers

1. Keep a lid on it!

ECOlunchbox offers replacement lids for many of our lunch containers. If your lid goes missing, you can order a new one from our online store.

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 resiliency to things like heat and corrosion. While stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and rust, it's not completely impervious. For example,  washing your ECOlunchbox with harsh chemicals like bleach or acids can make it rust? So can not cleaning it enough!

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 it out. 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.

Image of a girl with ECOlunchbox Seal Cup Trio, now sold at Target

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