PlanetBox lunch boxes

Lunch boxes for children can be painful, forget about the lunch itself for the moment, just think about the cost of the container.

The plastic box that looks so great when you buy it at the start of the school year can all too frequently end up broken or cracked within a couple of weeks (if not days). How can a kid sit on their lunch box? I have no idea but it happens…

First break of the year

First break of the year

I was also shocked when I checked out Ziploc’s website and saw the following FAQ

‘How long can I expect a Ziploc® brand Container to last?

Ziploc® brand Containers are disposable and are not intended to last as long as more expensive containers. A container’s life expectancy can be affected by how often it’s used and how it’s used. If the lid should no longer seal adequately, or if the container cracks, simply replace the container with a Ziploc® brand Container.’

Image courtesy of Ziplock.com

Image courtesy of Ziplock.com

Now this statement on their official website surprised me. Like most people I went round the supermarket buying these boxes for school lunches and I never realized that they were disposable. I thought that it would last and if I brought one it would at least see my kid through the school year, however they are ‘disposable’. Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy this companies products, it was just a real surprise that they see their products as disposable.

I am a great believer in the Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice (Terry Pratchett) and this idea of disposable plastic boxes seemed to fit this theory. So I started to look around for an alternative, expecting that it would be a big capital outlay BUT would last for years, and I would have to be disciplined enough to make sure they were used, to justify the capital outlay.

Quick searching on the net and voila I found Planet Box and these metal robust containers.

Courtesy Planetbox.com

Courtesy Planetbox.com

But the cost made me wince (married 4 kids etc…) however at least the cat and dog wouldn’t need them.

So after some more searching, and while finding some great products, I came back to Planetbox. I got out the flexible friend and on Sunday evening ordered 6 of the complete Rover , all with different bags and magnets. The order shipped on the Monday, and after waiting on Canadian customs arrived 6 working days later. Now that is good shipping, especially over a long weekend in Canada.

The boxes look great, felt great and the quality was superb, the cat drop tested one by knocking it off the table, and it survived beautifully, and didn’t burst open.

 

Now my concern is how would the lunch survive?

So here is the first lunch

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and this is what it looked like when I opened it at work

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It survived great and there have been no issues with mine or the girls lunches. The magnets are good for identifying whose lunchbox is whose and the shape of the boxes means they stack well in the fridge.

In review

They are robust

  • The girls can sit on them with no issues, and even the dog would find it hard to get it open and get the food out.
  • I have great piece of mind that the girls won’t come home saying ‘My lunch box broke in my school bag and my school bag is trashed’

Easy to use

  • The compartments help organize the lunch and help plan it. We know we can fill a set number of compartments so we plan to fill them.
  • No missing lids and running around the night before try to match up lids with boxes, its a complete system.
  • Not heavy, our 9 year old can manage it along with her normal school bag easily

Cost, are they worth the money?

Well I can talk about the Sam Vines boots theory, but the reality is I still have to buy the product, theory or no theory; and that costs money. I was lucky that my credit card could cover the cost, but I still did some costing before I brought them. By my costing these lunch boxes need to survive for 2 – 3 years to cover the initial costs, and I see no reason why they will not.

The only weak point is the latch on the box and this is simple to adjust

Yes they are worth the money. So long as they are used.

Summary

Great product, good build quality and worth the investment.

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