Lunch Bots - Pico Stainless Steel Lunch Container (5.5" x 4" x 1.5") 8/18 Stainless Steel
Lunch Bots Pico Stainless Steel Lunch Container. LunchBots are stainless steel lunch and snack containers that are healthier than plastic and better for the environment. Both the container and the lid are made from the highest quality, 18/8 stainless steel. LunchBots are safe, eco-friendly, and durable.
The LunchBots Pico is a smaller version of the Duo, and perfect for packing smaller snacks and toddler portions to go.
- 5.5" x 4" x 1.5"
- Highest quality, 18/8 (#304) stainless steel
- Stainless steel container and lid, no plastic
- Top of lid powder coated yellow with a non-VOC finish
- Independently lab certified to be lead-free
- Dishwasher safe
- Best for solid food, LunchBots are not water tight
Why Avoid Plastic?
Everyday, we do our best to keep their family safe, and that means protecting our health as well as our environment. We exercise, eat right, recycle, it's all in a day's work. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not as simple as doing just those things. Recently, disturbing news has surfaced about the health and environmental impact of plastics. With plastic being everywhere in our daily lives, it’s important to start reconsidering how and why we use it.
For Your Health
From their dishes and toys to their food packaging, there's a reason to think twice about plastic. Plastics come in numerous varieties, but many of them often contain toxic additives that can influence a plastic’s properties. Color, texture, hardness, these can all be changed to improve performance or reduce cost – even though the additives used might be potentially dangerous.
A commonly used additive is a plasticizer. Plasticizers, such as adipates and phthalates, soften plastics to be used in food packaging, teethers, toys, and many other household products. This becomes an issue when a plastic comes into contact with food. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of the plastic, exposing your family to their harmful effects.
You might have heard media discussion of Bisphenol A (BPA). It’s a toxic chemical additive found in many plastics and epoxy resins that leaches into our food and beverages. In fact, BPA is so common that plastic baby bottles, water bottles, sports equipment, even the coating inside most food and beverage cans have all been found to contain BPA.
BPA and chemicals like it have come under scrutiny from Canada, Europe, and our own Environmental Protection Agency. Canada has already banned the use of BPA in baby bottles, and both the U.S. and Europe are looking at phasing out consumer products with phthalates; BPA and other potentially harmful chemicals are the next to be evaluated.
Why should they be so concerned about these things? Studies have shown that certain additives can cause harmful developmental effects on children, potentially impacting allergies, hormones, metabolism, and more. More and more studies are beginning to show that the convenience of plastic simply isn't worth the risk to our health.
For Your Planet
You want the best for your children, and that means leaving them a clean and safe planet – not just for them, but for their own children and the generation after that. Because of that, it’s also important to consider the environmental impact of plastics. Unlike paper, glass, or wood, plastics aren't biodegradable or easily reusable. That means that a plastic water bottle from today could be in the exact same condition when your grandchildren are born.
Now, consider the number of plastic items consumed by the average family in a week: water bottles, food containers, product packaging, and so on. Just about all of that creates an immense amount of waste with nowhere to go. At best, it's in a landfill, and at worst, it pollutes the ocean or wildlife areas. Either way, it affects our children's lives for today and tomorrow. Right now, just a fraction of all plastic can be recycled – and of that fraction, only a small percentage is actually collected and processed. The choices they make have a giant impact on our planet's future. The good news is that there are alternatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which product is best for my needs?
Here's a brief description of each of our containers and some suggested uses to help you make your decision:
- Uno - The Uno is our sandwich-sized container, it is perfect for a sandwich, a burrito, sushi, or a wrap.
- Duo - The Duo is our most popular style and it is the ideal container for snacks. Because it has a divider you can pack crackers and cheese, fruit and nuts, 1/2 sandwich and chips, etc.
- Pico - The Pico is a smaller version of the Duo, perfect for packing smaller snacks and toddler portions to go.
- Eco - Best for adults, the Eco is designed for larger portions. The Eco is just right for a salad, large sandwich, and leftovers.
Do the lids come in any other colors?
They do not currently offer color choices for the lids. Their colors are bright, happy colors that appeal equally well to boys and girls. Check back with us frequently - They are always expanding their product line.
Can our school logo/colors or company name be added to the lid?
They do not currently offer custom logos, colors, or name engraving.
Manufacturing and Materials
Where are LunchBots manufactured?
LunchBots are designed in Northern California and our products are responsibly manufactured in China. For more information about our materials, factory, and independent lab testing.
What materials are LunchBots made from?
LunchBots (Their containers, lids, and dish set) are made from the highest quality Type 304 Stainless Steel. Type 304 is also known as 18/8 stainless steel, which is the same material used to make flatware.
Tell me about the paint on the lids.
The top of the lid is powder coated using a non-VOC finish. The bottom of the lid is not painted and is natural stainless steel.
How do I know LunchBots are safe?
LunchBots have been independently tested at a lab in California to certify that they are made from the highest quality Type 304 (18/8) stainless steel and that they are completely lead-free and cadmium-free. The lab report can be found on their website.
Use and Cleaning
Can LunchBots go in the dishwasher?
Yes, LunchBots are dishwasher safe. They recommend the top rack or hand washing for the lids.
Are LunchBots watertight?
The LunchBots lids fit snug, but they are not watertight. If the containers are going to be tossed around in a backpack, we recommend dry foods only. LunchBots Rounds are watertight.
Can they go in the microwave? Toaster Oven/Oven? Freezer?
Because they are made from metal, LunchBots should not be put in the microwave. Please do not put LunchBots in the oven either because the container will get dangerously hot. LunchBots should not be put in the freezer, however the refrigerator is fine.
Will they keep food warm? Can I store hot food in them?
LunchBots are made from a single layer of stainless steel and are not designed to keep food warm. You can store warm food in LunchBots. They do not recommend that you store hot food in them because the container will get very hot.
Are LunchBots durable? Will they dent, scratch, chip, etc.
Yes, and yes. Stainless steel is extremely durable however, if LunchBots are dropped on a concrete surface, the color on the lids may chip or scratch.
You Can Make A Difference!
At LunchBots, they've dedicated theirselves to creating safe alternatives to plastic products. BPA-free and biodegradable plastics can only address some of the concern -- and it's far from a big-picture solution. Glass, stainless steel, bamboo, and other materials are just as effective and don't have any of plastics’ inherent dangers. By selecting these alternatives, you're making healthier choices for your family and our planet.
They believe that every little change makes a difference. While it may be challenging to live a completely plastic-free lifestyle, they can all make small adjustments that accumulate into a big impact. It can start with your daily routine: try using a stainless steel water bottle, eliminate your plastic sandwich bags, or bring your own container for takeout. It’s that simple. Thank you for supporting their mission to reduce the use of plastic. Don’t forget to check out LunchBots - stainless steel lunch and snack containers that are healthier than plastic and better for the environment.
Lead Free Products
There is a consensus among public health experts that no amount of lead exposure is safe, especially for children. Lead exposure, even in tiny doses, has been linked to IQ deficits, behavioral problems, and many significant health issues. At LunchBots, we are committed to offering the safest, lead-free products.
LunchBots lids and containers are manufactured from the highest quality, food grade, Type 304 stainless steel. Stainless steel is an alloy made from natural elements and is one of the safest materials for food storage and handling. Type 304 stainless is commonly known as 18/8 stainless. This type of stainless steel has great resistance to stain or rust and is easy to clean and durable.
The tops of the LunchBots lids have been powder coated to add color. Powder coating is a durable finish that does not emit any volatile organic compounds (VOC). The coating is applied electrostatically and then cured in an oven. Any overspray is recycled and reused. The bottom of each lid is not powder coated and is natural stainless steel.
LunchBots have been independently tested by Metallurgical Laboratories in Concord, California and are certified to be completely lead-free.
LunchBots are responsibly manufactured in China. Our supplier is very well regarded and their workers have excellent working conditions. The facilities have approximately 215,000 square feet with over 200 employees. The company has been unionized since 2002 and they provide an array of extracurricular activities for their employees who live on site. The company has applied for ISO 9000 certification.
They were inspired to start LunchBots when our kids started school and we were packing a lot of lunches. Our concerns about the safety of plastic and its impact on the environment led us to design a plastic-free solution.
Lunch Bots are a family-owned business located in Northern California and we care deeply about our health and our planet. Their mission is to offer high quality products that help us all reduce our use of plastic. Thank you for your support.