Lunch box design with cutting board

26 Nov

This new Bamboo Fiber Lunch Box with Cutting Board Lid makes a nice end of year gift for employees, as well as works well as a marketing idea for corporate wellness programs.

From the manufacturer, “This innovative food storage piece features a bamboo lid that doubles as a cutting board. The lid has a silicone lining and silicone band to ensure food is kept secure in the container. The item is made of 55% bamboo fiber and 45% resin. This container is not suitable for liquids and must be used for solid food only. This item is not suitable to be used in the microwave. Due to the nature of the bamboo material, variations in laser imprinting quality may occur. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.”

The Bamboo Fiber Lunch Box with Cutting Board Lid is made from Bamboo Fiber and Melamine. Bamboo is bamboo, a quick growing, hardwood like grass, used a lot in the promotional products industry. Melamine I had to look up. Apparently, melamine is, “an organic-based, nitrogen-rich compound used to manufacture cooking utensils, plates, plastic products, and more. Melamine resin is durable, fire and heat resistant and virtually unbreakable, making melamine products more desirable than other plastic housewares.”

Honestly I am not sure what organic-based means in this context. It is still not microwavable. “Keep melamine tableware cool, and use it only for serving and storage”. Here is the FDA FAQ page on melamine,

So, I don’t know. I think I would stay will 100% bamboo containers, or stoneware, or glass. Or maybe take a look at the new stainless steel h2go essen from ETS Express.  The h20 essen is not making any sustainability claims, but a least we know what stainless steel is.

If you are interested in these products to promote your own business, or if you wish to see some samples, email for information and pricing.

And as always, if you really want to do something sustainable, do not buy promotional products. All products are consumption at one level or another. So if you must buy, 1) Buy local (i.e. made in USA), 2) Buy useful, long lasting items, 3) Buy sustainable/recycled/recyclable products if possible.

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