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Why avoid plastic?



For Your Health

From our dishes and toys to our 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 we 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 we make have a giant impact on our planet's future. The good news is that there are alternatives.



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 have been independently tested by Metallurgical Laboratories in Concord, California and are certified to be completely lead-free.



Stainless Steel

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.



Powder Coating

The tops of the LunchBots lids have been powder coated to add color. Powder coating 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.
A note on the paint - with day to day wear and tear the paint will scratch off these lids, especially your lunchbot is being put in and out of your bag, rubbed against hard objects, or if they are near sharp objects such as car keys, and bag zippers - for best care of the paint on the lids we recommend you hand wash them, as the heat from the dishwasher may contribute to weakening of the paint finish. It is considered normal wear and tear for the paint to scratch off these lids - If you want a pretty lunch box, maybe this isn't the box for you, but if you want a box which is durable, and non-leaching the Lunchbot is definately your best bet!



Factory

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.