Eco-Friendly Lunch Box: Easy Lunch Box System Review and Giveaway

EASY LUNCH BOX
Green, Eco-Frienldly, Waste Free Lunch Box System
Review and Giveaway


As a busy mama of two, I often find myself looking for a way to pack a lunch and/or healthy snacks for a day out of the house with my girls. And it's always a hassle - with a bajillion little containers that I have to find the lids for and plastic baggies that inevitably come open, leak, spill, and ultimately create more waste. So I started looking for something to make this part of my life simpler. I really wanted to try a Bento Box system, but they were all so expensive! Then, back in May, I stumbled upon Easy Lunch Boxes and my search was over! I contacted Kelly Lester, the mom and CEO behind this brand new company, and she graciously supplied me with an Easy Lunch Box system to review. 

What is it? Easy Lunch Boxes has 2 products: A compartmentalized food container and a soft sided cooler bag. When you use them together, you have the Easy Lunch Box system. 

The Easy Lunch Box System from www.easylunchboxes.com

The Lunch Box: The bento-style container has 3 compartments to keep your lunch components separate and a single lid. They come in a 4 pack with 4 bottoms and 4 vibrantly colored lids that are all interchangeable. Not only do they stack nicely, as shown above, but they also nest for easy and convenient storage when not in use. 

They are made of durable, food-safe, non-toxic polypropylene (#5) and they are BPA and Phthalate free. They are safe to use in your freezer, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. 

The Cooler: The soft sided 6-pack sized cooler is the perfect accompaniment to the Easy Lunch Box.

It's the perfect size: you can fit 3 lunch boxes in a single cooler. Or 2 lunch boxes, an ice pack, and a snack bag. Or a single lunch box, a thermos, an ice pack, and a water bottle. 

It comes in a variety of colors: Black, Dark Red, Olive, Purple, and Aqua

It's safe and durable: The outside is a durable and safe 300D polyester. The lining is FDA approved PEVA. It is vinyl-free, PVC-free, and lead-free. It has a sturdy zipper and it's machine washable. Or you can easily wipe it clean with a damp cloth - inside OR out. 

Why? The primary reason I love this lunch box system is because it's EASY! My Easy Lunch Box makes packing food to go really easy. It's one container with one lid. I don't need a bag for sandwiches, a bin for fruit, and another bag/bin for nuts or crackers or whatever. It can all go in one container. 

It's Frugal: Everyone is looking for a way to save a buck here and there these days. Using a reusable lunch system is one way to do that. Now that it's easy to do, we pack our lunch way more often - so we aren't eating take out (which we all know is a huge suck on your wallet) nearly as much. And no more baggies. YAY!

It's Healthy: Because it's so easy to pack, it's easier to bring a healthy lunch along - once again bypassing that drive through. I find myself packing good things to eat in healthy portion sizes. Being limited by the size of the container helps me keep from super sizing our lunches. 

It's Green: Take a look at the waste bin at the park, in your kids school cafeteria, in the break room at work. It's probably overflowing with wrappers, baggies, cups, and other food waste generated by disposable lunches. This lunch box system allows you to pack a waste free lunch! And we all know, the less you can put in the landfill every day, the better.

We've been using our Easy Lunch Box System for 3 months now and I have to say that I really love this product. If you are looking for a lunch container to send your kids to school with that is affordable, eco-friendly, and durable, I highly recommend it. They are easy to pack and easy for kids to use. I love how the lids fit snugly, but are simple enough for my 3 year old to remove herself. They are also perfect for adults to take lunches to work. I can easily pack a healthy lunch with healthy proportions for myself or my husband. They also make taking the leftovers super easy. Just put them in an Easy Lunch Box when you are clearing off dinner, and your lunch for the next day is ready to go! 

A lunch I packed for Ophelia and I to share. Apples, mangos, roast beef, cheese, crackers.

The remains of a snack box I packed for the girls for a trip to the playground. Freeze dried bananas and strawberries, raisins, bunny crackers (cheesy and chocolate varieties). 

When we traveled to New York earlier this summer, I took these on the plane with us, loaded up with snacks for both girls. They came on our road trip to Wyoming a few weeks ago and were indispensable both on the car ride and while visiting with grandma and grandpa. I can even toss one in my purse if I need to - which is just what I do when we go out to eat with the girls to ensure that we have some healthy, kid friendly fare on hand in case the menu doesn't have what the girls want to eat. I just wrap a rubber band around it to make sure the lid doesn't pop off in my bag! 

Our usual routine is to pack the cooler with 2 boxes of lunch items like hummus and vege chips, fruit, sandwiches, lunch meat and crackers, nuts, or veges, an ice pack and a few organic fruit pouches. 

The most UNusual way I have used my Easy Lunch Boxes was to sort all of the (billions of) screws and hardware for assembling the playhouse grandma bought for the girls for their birthday this summer! Worked like a dream! 

Where can you get some? You can click HERE or on any of the links in this review or on the affiliate link at the top of my right sidebar and you will be taken to the Easy Lunch Boxes web page where you can purchase both the Food Containers and the Lunch Bags. As an affiliate, I will receive a small commission from any purchase you make from these links. 

Or, you could try your luck at winning one! One of my lucky readers is going to win an Easy Lunch Box System just like the one I was fortunate to review, courtesy of EasyLunchBoxes.com. 

WIN AN EASY LUNCH BOX SYSTEM


TO ENTER: Visit the Easy Lunch Boxes web page and then come back here and leave a comment telling me something neat that you found there. AND tell me which color cooler you will pick if you win: Black, Dark Red, Olive, Purple, or Aqua. 

Please leave your email address in this first comment so I can easily contact you if you win. If I cannot contact you, I will have to pick another winner.

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This giveaway is open to all US and Canadian residents 18 and over, except where prohibited by law. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 9/12/2010.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another Easy Lunch Boxes product. 

Disclaimer: This review and giveaway is sponsored by Easy Lunch Boxes, who provided me with the item above in order to write this review. The review is my honest opinion based on my experience using the product and has not been reviewed or edited by Easy Lunch Boxes.

173 comments:

Matt said...

i like the olive green. OMG!! I don't even know what to say about the lunch system. I love it. My kids love lunchables becasue of all the little compartments that hold their food and I'v always wished i could find something like it. This is great.

mhuffman said...

I like aqua! & I didn't know how fun lunch packing could be!!!
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mario said...

This is exactly what I have been looking for! I visited the site and I love how easy it looks. I can't stand the lunch boxes with tons of small pieces to lose. This is perfect! We would like it in any color!

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Katie said...

I love the "flair" that people have added to their lunch bags- its so cute!

I like purple!

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Katie said...

I like easylunchboxes on facebook
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i signed up for their mailing list.
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I joined the campain!

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heather t said...

I love that site! They have so much information, you can really make an informed decision before buying (which you should, of course). I also like the gallery of lunch ideas.

I prefer aqua - THANKS!

heather t said...

I like Easylunchboxes on Facebook. :)

Kara said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and want one so bad. I LOVE the site because it has lunch ideas, which is needed because sandwiches get so blah.

I would choose the purple kit.
Thank you!!!!

heather t said...

I have purchased my own set of Easy Lunch Boxes (entry #1 for purchase).

heather t said...

I have purchased my own set of Easy Lunch Boxes (entry #2 for purchase).

Kara said...

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Ashley said...

I like that these are BPA free.

Ashley said...

I follow Easy Lunch Boxes on FB

Ashley said...

I've signed up for Green My Lunch Box e-mails.

Lori D said...

following on twitter
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like it on FB
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Lori D said...

I love the purple-i substitute teach and feel like im always using tons of plastic bags and wasting-this is perfect-we also love to go to the beach and packing the family snacks and meals in here would save soooo much room
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Tabathia said...

I like the olive and I found it like that they are microwave safe & easy for kids to open
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Penny said...

I visited the site. I LOVE this lunch box system!! I can't believe how much food you can put into it. I also love that it has 4 containers. It would be great for family outings.

Bonita12 said...

I really like the lunch ideas on the website and would like the olive green cooler.
I purchased a set of 4 about a month ago but would like another set. Three of us use them everyday are eating healthier lunches now.

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Bonita12 said...

Already signed up for the EasyLunchBoxes email mailing list.

Bonita12 said...

Already Like Easylunchboxes on Facebook.

pyrosweetie said...

The containers nest together for easy storage. I want a dark red lunch bag. pyrosweetie at aol dot com

pyrosweetie said...

I already like Easylunchboxes on Facebook.

A said...

I LOVE that this is a simple way to pack a lunch and protect the environment. It provides a teaching opportunity for parents to educate their kids about conservation and protecting the planet. I <3 the olive green pack.

A said...

I also like that this system promotes creativity for lunches! I forgot to leave my email address before: hal.andrea.rice@gmail.com

The olive green system is the one I love.

Vicki said...

I love that I can get rid of my baggies, that's they are microwave & dishwasher safe and love the gallery of ideas!!!
I'm not sure if I would pick green, blue or purple!! :)
Thanks for the chance!!

Vicki said...

I like EasyLunch boxes on FB!!

Thanks!

Deann said...

the website says they are stronger than store brand disposables... nice!

Deann said...

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Joined Green My Lunchbox campaign

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Bought 2 sets of ELB Entry #1

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Bought 2 sets of ELB Entry #2

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Bought 2 sets of ELB Entry #3

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Bought 2 sets of ELB Entry #4

Kara said...

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Audrey said...

Love that everything is together in one spot - not lots of little containers.

Favorite color would be purple.

Audrey said...

Like on FB

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Alexis said...

I would get the black kit (have a whole red/black/silver thing going with kids gear)and I loved the gallery of yummy lunches.

Alexis said...

I liked Easy Lunch Box System on FB and said you has sent me :)

Alexis said...

I did FB post about the system and your give-away featuring your blog!

Alicen said...

I really like the design of the containers and how it's 3 openings in 1! I have a system but it's 4 different boxes, no biggie but this would be even easier!

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Alicen said...

Forgot to mention that I would just get the black cooler although I would love to have some color. It's more practical.

Penny said...

Love the fact that the containers sit flat in the bottom of the insulated bag. This means I won't have to clean spills as fruit juice or condiments leak out of tipped containers.

Penny said...

Already signed up for the Easy Lunch Boxes mailing list.

Penny said...

Purchased 3 lunch boxes and even gave a mini review here: http://plate-by-plate.com/the-great-lunchbox-search

Penny said...

Already purchased 3 lunch boxes and even did a mini review here: http://plate-by-plate.com/the-great-lunchbox-search Would LOVE to win one for myself because I'll be going back to school soon :)

Penny said...

Liked Easy Lunch Boxes on facebook

Jaclyn said...

I need this system! I LOVE it! I would get the black cooler :)
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Jaclyn said...

I just likes Easy Lunch Boxes on facebook!
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Mozer said...

These look awesome! I like that they are BPA free. We like the aqua color cooler.

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Mozer said...

I've become a fan of Easy Lunchboxes on FB.

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Jullee and Fam said...

I love that they are microwave safe!! I would pick the purple color.

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Heidi said...

I love how the containers fit together nicely so you can store them better.

I would pick black!

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Kara said...

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Kylee said...

I love how it gives a bunch of lunch ideas websites. I can always use some new ideas. I would pick the aqua.

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Lauren said...

Wow, when you say cost-effective, you're not kidding! $25-ish for 4 containers and a cooler! I also love that they include "yummy lunch ideas" on their website. I hate eating just sandwiches every day, but I can't often think of anything else when I'm in a rush.

If I won, I'd probably get the black cooler. I actually want the green one, but I know my hubby would want the black, lol.

oh, and my e-mail: oceanlady@gmail.com

Lauren said...

Liked easylunchboxes on facebook

Lauren said...

followed easylinchboxes on twitter

... and going to get a muffin or a bagel or something because this is making me hungry.

Lauren said...

signed up for e-mails

Lauren said...

joined the green my lunchbox campaign

Lauren said...

I just read and commented on the blog post about "tapas". I read some older posts, too, but the most recent is most interesting to me. I wish there was a restaurant like that around here.

Lauren said...

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Grace said...

I learned that the containers won't warp in the dishwasher
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Frugaluser said...

I like the Purple 1
and I love all the lunch ideas, that to me is the hardest part

Frugaluser said...

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Kara said...

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Julia said...

I love their gallery of lunch ideas. If I won, I'd love to have a lunchbox in Dark Red.

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tripsymom said...

Love the system. As a mom of triplets, this is better than the laptop system - much easier to pack. If I won, I think i'd pick the green one. Loved the lunch ideas on your website!

Cheryl

Morgan said...

I never knew how easy and fun it could be to pack a lunch! I would love the aqua one! Great giveaway!
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Debby said...

They sound sooo surable. I love the aqua.

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Kara said...

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Kara said...

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AimeeS. said...
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AimeeS. said...

I think Its neat that she shares some lunch ideas!!!
I would choose the olive color!!

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AimeeS. said...

I like Easylunchboxes on FB

AimeeS. said...

Signed up for the mailing list!

AimeeS. said...

I joined the Green My Lunchbox Campaign!!

AimeeS. said...

I follow you publicly!!

Sarah said...

I love the information on the site and the concept of this lunch system... I think I need three of them. I preferred the black aqua or purple.

Colleen M said...

They have neat ideas on their website on how to personalize their lunch bags with cute tags!
I would choose the purple one!

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Colleen M said...

I like Easylunchboxes on Facebook. (Colleen Maurina)

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Colleen M said...

I signed up for EasyLunchBoxes email mailing list.

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Colleen M said...

I commented on the post "Packing Healthy Lunches without all the crap!" on their blog.

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Colleen M said...

I follow your blog publicly via GFC (ColleenM).

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I like you on Facebook. (Colleen Maurina)

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Kara said...

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tristatecruisers said...

i like the Dark Red one and found out that they are microwave safe--like that!! :)

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tristatecruisers said...

Like Easylunchboxes on FB :)

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Signed up for the EasyLunchBoxes email :)

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Steph Enright said...

I enjoyed looking at the pics of the lunchbox tags people had created. Clever!

My fave color is the aqua.

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I follow you on Twitter.

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I subscribe to the Easylunchboxes mailing list.

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I follow your blog via GFC.

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Tanya Hughes said...

i love the red one. great idea. can't wait to get some so i can get rid of all these containers. tanyalynnhughes@gmail.com

kidbooks4u said...

I love the aqua bag and I love that it comes with more than one container.
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I like easy lunchboxes on facebook.

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I follow easy lunchboxes on twitter.
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I signed up for easylunchboxes email list.
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I joined the campaign.
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I commented on the crap vs not crap post. I love that she used the crap.
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I follow maxwells madness publicly.
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Cindy said...

I like Easy lunch boxes on FB!
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Following easy luncboxes on twitter
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subscribed to the mailing list
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Joined Go Green Lunchbox Campaign on facebook.
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Cindy said...

I posted on the blog post about making it leak free! This was something that worried me, glad to see a solution!
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I follow you!
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Posted on FB!
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kittykorat said...

Love the lunch gallery and the idea to use press and seal to store yogurt without leaking. I like the olive green lunch box, and I like easylunchboxes on facebook.
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Sprytebyrd said...

I LOVE this idea of "greening" our lunchboxes and am so excited to start my own!!
Thanks for the contest to win some lunchboxes!
Dee

Sprytebyrd said...

I've liked Easylunchboxes on Facebook, too!
Dee

Sprytebyrd said...

I've even purchased my own easy lunchboxes! I just made my order in time before they sold out!
Dee

Sprytebyrd said...

I've signed up for email updates from Easylunchboxes, as well
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I tagged you in a post on FB and FB'ed a message about your giveaway :)
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Parag said...

Eco friendly...Eco friendly... That's the word now in every one's mind.
The world is trying its level best to keep resources under check and reduce environment pollution. More and more people are trying various eco friendly methods to contribute their bit in sustaining our planet.
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