I’m starting to develop a slight problem.
And by “slight problem”, I mean major love affair with stainless steel bento containers. They’ll last forever, won’t leach chemicals into your food, won’t break if dropped, and are dishwasher-safe. I’ve been able to get my hands on several types of containers and love using them in my kids’ lunchbox rotation.
The only downside to stainless steel containers? Many use plastic lids, especially containers that claim to be leakproof–the most popular type of leakproof lid is plastic with a rubber gasket for an airtight, watertight seal. Some containers have stainless steel lids, but they won’t be leakproof. If you’re trying to be plastic-free, it can become a bit of a conundrum.
Enter the Splash Box from ECOlunchbox, part of their Blue Water Bento series. It’s the newest arrival to the ECOlunchbox family. I had reviewed the classic Three in One container and loved it, so when the company came out with a stainless steel bento with a silicone lid, I knew it would be a hit.
Here’s what I like:
- As far as I know, this is the first of its kind to use an all-silicone lid. It snaps onto the box in a way that makes it leakproof.
- The size is nice and roomy and fits a silicone muffin cup easily with plenty of space left over.
- I’m a sucker for good packaging. The Splash Box comes with a whale on the label, info on why it’s important to protect our oceans, and a punny joke for your kid.
- A fun canvas bag is available to buy separately and comes in three designs. It has a velcro closure and loop handle, perfect for hanging from your stroller or on a hook at school. It’s so cute that I plan on using it even with no bento in sight: to store wipes and diapers, a change of toddler clothes, or art supplies and toys on the go.
Here’s what’s good to know:
- Speaking of the canvas bag, the velcro is super strong and takes some effort to open. It might be too hard for a little one to open on his own.
- The lid is a perfect fit on the box and needs to be snapped down in all corners to make sure it’s secure. If you have a kid who’s in a hurry, they may not take the time to push down every corner. It’ll still stay put, but it might not be a good idea to pack super leaky foods if this is the case.
Having said that, though, take a look at what I packed:
And here are the contents after I gave the box a few good upside-down shakes:
Not bad at all! Just a slight shift in the carrots and pasta. The secret, as with any bento container, is to pack smart–no small, tiny pieces of food in open containers.
The canvas bag holds a ton and fits the Splash Box right-side up perfectly. I packed the Splash Box, Three in One, and 3 packs of chocolate milk and could have easily fit in a few things of string cheese, or a snack pack of crackers.
A flexible silicone lid will take some getting used to, but a complete bento line with a container and carry bag that are completely plastic-free is nothing to sniff at. Yep. I’m in love.