Lunch Box FAQ

Lunch Box FAQ

This seems like an expensive lunchbox. Why is that?

If you compared the cost of a Lunchsense lunchbox with the cost of carrying disposable containers, Lunchsense is a bargain - you'll be able to use your Lunchsense box and food containers for years to come.
Consider another perspective: are you willing to buy single-use bottles of water over and over again, or would you buy a good, reusable stainless steel water bottle just one time? The single-use bottles only cost a tenth what the reusable bottles cost, after all....

What's up with food containers, BPA, phthalates, PVC, and other ethylmethylbadstuff?

bis-phenol A is a chemical that is used in the production of certain plastics. It leaches out of those plastics over time, and may have harmful effects to humans. None of the Lunchsense food containers or boxes have BPA - the plastics used in our containers are polyethylene (plastic code #2) and polypropylene (#5).
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften plastics, and are also believed to have harmful health effects. None of the Lunchsense food containers have phthalates - the sealing gasket is silicone, which is free of phthalates.
PVC is a plastic used to make plastic wrap and other items, and contains phthalates. None of the Lunchsense line has PVC, and the boxes themselves are not vinyl-lined.

With all the bad news about plastics and leachates and food and health effects, why does Lunchsense even USE plastic containers?

Great question. Let's look at glass and steel:

Glass: besides the risk of breakage (which is unacceptable in school cafeterias, so rules out glass in kid’s lunchboxes), the real issue comes down to weight.  Given that a lunchbox is, essentially, luggage – it is meant to be filled one place and emptied someplace else – the “hidden cost” to glass is the extra petroleum necessary to move it from your kitchen to your workplace and back again, day after day.  Here, plastic wins out. If you walk or bike to work or school, hats off to you, and may you inspire others to follow in your footsteps, literally. But if you drive or take another means of petroleum-based transportation, you will be better off carrying the lightest containers you can find.

Steel: Steel is lighter than glass, durable, unbreakable, and inert.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult to make it into a box shape, it’s expensive, and while some containers are available they are hard to find and are not sized for the current lunchbox design. 
So, for now at least, plastic containers are the lightest, most durable, cost-effective container available.

I have a 2nd grader. What size lunchbox should I get?

Most grade school kids carry a medium. Kids in first grade and younger often opt for the small. When in doubt, choose the larger size.

I have a 7th grader. What size lunchbox should I get?

It depends. Usually a medium will carry a meal for gradeschoolers and older, but if there are after-school activities to consider, we suggest a large lunchbox so you can add a snack.

Can I carry the lunchbox in a backpack?

The small fits pretty well in most backpacks and the medium and large fit in some packs, depending on the other contents of the pack. Generally, most Lunchsense lunchboxes are carried separately.

How do I open the metal closures on the sides (the ones above the regular snaps)?

First of all, PLEASE DON'T FORCE THE HARDWARE OPEN. Just slide two fingers between the side strap and the box. Place your thumb on strap where the closure is, and pull outwards with your fingers. This will "tip" the closure upwards and away from the box, and it will disengage. Once it's open, take a close look at the hardware on the strap - you will see a small dot on the lower edge. This bit is called a "Lift the Dot" closure, and it only opens when pulled from the side with the dot.

I'd like to get a handle AND a shoulder strap. Can I order an extra?

You can order any part of a Lunchsense lunchbox set on our website, including handles, straps, salad dressing containers, drink bottles, and Lock&Lock containers.

I often bring soup in my lunch. Is there a thermos that fits in the Lunchsense lunchboxes?

Yes! A 10 oz. wide-mouth thermos fits the medium and large lunchboxes with room to spare for sides and a drink. They are available for purchase on our website.

I broke the salad dressing container! I lost the straw for the sippy bottle! I broke the elastic cord closure! I broke a hinge one of the Lock&Lock containers!

Sorry about that. Please contact us for these replacement parts.

Do you have a lunchbox with cartoon characters on it?

Sorry, no.

Will a six pack fit in my lunchbox?

If you have a medium, yes; if you have a large, yes with room for an ice pack on top.

Where can I put a name tag? Can I write on the lunchbox?

The D-ring on the front is a great place to hang a name tag, such as a luggage tag. Actually, you can attach anything you like to the D-ring, so long as your child knows which one is his (or hers): a string of beads, a keychain, and a ribbon all have worked well for other Lunchsense customers. You can also write your name on the lunchbox exterior or interior with a permanent marker.

Does the lunchbox work on airplanes?

Lunchsense lunchboxes are great travelers! They will all fit under the seat of a typical airliner, and they fit nicely on airplane trays. So long as airline regulations allow you to carry on food, you will be the envy of your cabinmates.

Where do I put silverware or a napkin?

There's just enough room in all the lunchboxes for your own napkin and fork, spoon, spork, spife, foon, splade, or whatever you wish to use.

How do I wash the lunchbox?

You can sponge it off or rinse it in the sink, if you like. The lunchbox also cleans up well in the washing machine - please use warm, not hot water, and please don’t put it in the dryer. See here for more details.

How do I wash the Lock & Lock containers and other pieces?

The Lock & Lock containers are top-rack dishwasher safe. If you wash them by hand, please do not use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on them. The silicone seal can be removed for cleaning if necessary - do not use a sharp object to remove it, but tap the lid lightly on the counter to loosen it, and remove it slowly. The salad dressing container and drink bottles are also dishwasher safe, and the ice pack can be rinsed or sponged off as needed.

What are the lunchboxes made of?

The Lunchsense lunchboxes are made of nylon or polyester packcloth; polyethylene sheeting (the same material as gallon milk jugs, plastic code #2); closed-cell polyethylene foam (also #2); and nylon lining. You will also find nylon or polypropylene webbing, metal and plastic (acetal) hardware, and a closure of elastic cord. All materials have been independently tested for lead content and found to be lead-free; please contact us for details, if you wish.

What are the inner containers made of?

Lock&Lock containers and salad dressing container are polypropylene (plastic code #5); the Lock&Lock containers have a silicone seal. The sippy bottle is polypropylene (#5), the screw-top bottle is polyethylene(#2), and the ice pack has a polyethylene(#2) exterior and a non-toxic gel interior.
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