Back To School Week Giveaway and Special Offer from LunchBots

The second Back To School Week giveaway comes to you from LunchBots, makers of sturdy stainless steel lunch boxes! Stainless steel lunch boxes are a great alternative for anyone who wants to avoid using plastic containers. LunchBots lunch boxes are totally plastic and silicone free, and very sturdy.

LunchBots is offering a 20% discount code for JustBento readers, good for any purchase on their web site. This coupon has no expiry date, so even if you come across this article months after it’s been posted, it will still be valid! (Unless it says otherwise here of course ^_^) Please note that this coupon is valid for U.S. customers only. The coupon code is JUSTBENTO.

The giveaway prize from LunchBots is the Duo, which has a handy divider inside and is a great size for bento lunches for bigger kids or adults. It also makes a nice snack box for nuts, granola, or your secret stash of candy. It’s also their bestselling box. See my in-depth review of the Duo here.

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How to enter the LunchBots giveaway

[Update:]_ This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner will be announced next week.

Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

To enter, just leave a comment to this post, including your answer to the question - What’s your ideal material for a bento box? (See this comparison chart to see what’s available on the market now.) Be free to let your imagination run wild if you like!

Be sure to include a valid email address where you can be contacted in the appropriate text box! Your comment must be posted by 23:59:59 EDT (U.S. East Coast Time) (or just before midnight) of Saturday, August 21th 2010. One lucky entry will be drawn at random to receive the LunchBots Duo box. Good luck!

This is Giveaway No. 2 of Back To School Week. Stay tuned for more throughout the week! (Non-US residents don’t fret, there will be giveaways later in the week that you can enter too, I promise!)

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Insulated steel with plastic bowls. Very happy with my Mr Bento. Capacity is just right for lunch and dinner at work. Keeps colds chilly. I've even used it to get takeout from a buffet and the food is warm eating 5 hours later!

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My ideal material for a bento box? Pure, concentrated AWESOME in its solid state.

Alternatively: Candy. No waste! First you eat your lunch, then you eat your dessert!

Seriously, though, I'm fine with plastic. Melamine, I've found, has a nasty tendency to shatter. I don't know why.

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I've never had a problem using plastic bento boxes, and I especially love the ones that are microwaveable. They're light, durable, easy to clean, and hold food really well; can't beat that!

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I think the best material is plastic. I like things that are microwave safe.

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For myself, stainless steel. For my daughter, cute plastic. For my husband, a Mr. Bento. :D

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I love the aesthetic of lacquered wooden boxes--so austere yet elegant! I have a rather large aversion to microwaves in general, so their use rarely factors into my culinary adventures.

Love your site!

Allen

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I like having a variety of boxes so I can use the one that is most useful for what I'm eating that day. I like plastic for the days that I bring something that needs to be heated up. But when I bring salad or something that stays cold, stainless steal is the best.

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My ideal Bento box would be made of unbreakable ceramic or glass. But we all know how that doesn't exist, so the next best thing would be microwavable plastic. It's light and won't break if I drop it (which happens often)

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I want to say bamboo because it's so pretty, but practically speaking, stainless steel...

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I only have plastic bento boxes right now, but I really want a stainless steel one. I think I've been holding back on purchasing one because they just aren't as cute at the plastic ones! I wish there were stainless steel ones that still had the cute personality of the plastic boxes, like maybe with fun etchings or a stamped texture. I usually don't buy something unless I LOVE it, so maybe that's why the plain stainless steel ones haven't made the cut yet!

Thanks for offering these prizes, Maki!

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I confess that despite the health concerns, I prefer plastic. It's easy to clean, lightweight, and can even be put in the microwave (depending on the type).

I carry a book bag around with me all the time (the joys of the student lifestyle), and so weight is probably my biggest concern, after the question of whether it will fit in my bag in the first place.

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My ideal bent boxes are always ceramic. Delicate creatures, but so easy to clean. And handling something like it inspires me to make artsier bento haha.

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I think I'd be very happy with a nice wood lacquered one. :)
Though my plastic one's will do for now.

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My favorite ones are the lacquered wood boxes, but for practicality, plastic wins out. Microwavable, dishwasher safe...makes it so much easier when I'm fixing lunch for small children.

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If I'm carrying bits that need to be reheated, I prefer plastic. If my lunch does not need reheating I don't care.

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I think the best material for bento box is glass pyrex, but they are quite heavy- I agree- so i'm guessing a microwave safe - plastic material :)

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If I didn't have kids that like to "borrow" my bento box, I would have a glass one. However, I do like my plastic one a lot, and I think an aluminum one would be great too.

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I really like a traditional wood bento box but it can be hard to travel with for every day lunches. Most of the time I love my cutesy plastic box with a band. It's microwaveable, which I don't use that often, and dishwasher safe, which I do use.

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I would like a handcrafted wooden bento box, but that is only an ideal. I will just buy plastic ones for now.

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I like the plastic with colorful snapping lids, however - I love the art of the bamboo or wood carved boxes.

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I like plastic, but would love some traditional bamboo or wooden ones.

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Oh, I love beautiful lacquered wooden boxes. :) Steel's great, too.

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I would like to try a stainless steel bento; the one I have currently is BPA-free plastic.

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stainless steel for me!

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I just wanted to post to try and win one of these babies. How cool are they. I like that they are metal. Which usually means durable. The way my kids break stuff. We need a metal lunch box... They really don;t make the 'good ole fashioned metal lunch box.
What I would put in it? A big old fat salad. And some ranch dressing. That's what I would use it for.

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At the moment I would prefer BPA-free plastic for being microwaveable & dishwasher safe. But I would mind trying a stainless steel box.

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I prefer stainless steel but only have plastic right now. I am new to bento meals and am starting my collection trying to also keep in mind what my almost 3 year old can maneuver.

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ideally, antying that I can clean in the dishwasher. BUT I love the beauty of the traditional boxes. I wonder if I would use them or just look at them....

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I'm torn between stainless steel and plastic. I am concerned about the chemicals in plastics as well as hate it when the plastic stains. However, I do like the option of being able to heat up plastics.

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I have a Bento type lunchbox from Tupperware that gets used everyday and i've had for years. My husband found a old Bento box at a flea market that is also plastic but has Japanese (?) writing all over it.

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I would prefer sturdy/reusable plastics at this time because they would be most kid-friendly (durability and weight). Stainless would be a close second. In both cases, I would be unconcerned with the ability to microwave, as I generally pack foods that do not need to be reheated.

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I love the look of the melamine boxes, but usually use glass or stainless steel. (I never reheat my bento, so that's not an issue for me.) This one is v cute.

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As much as I would like to use aluminum, most of the bentos I bring tend to be warm, so I stick with plastic. I'm concerned about the BPA leaching, however, so it would be great if there were BPA-free plastic ones available. I might have to get some aluminum ones for cold bentos or just to have other options.

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Lunchbots are awesome! Stainless is my favorite, for sure. Except when I drop them & they're so loud. :)

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I love wooden ones, but I use plastic.

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To date, I've only used BPA-free plastic boxes. I love the Elph's Circus and Papier Creature boxes I've gotten from Japanistic.com, but my favorite for day-to-day use may be two basic Asvel boxes I bought at a local Asian grocery -- I love the slightly rounded, clear plastic, snap-lock lids with silicone seals (head room for food & decorative touches, leak-resistant, and I just think it's pretty to be able to see the food even with the lid on).

Of course, I just bought my first stainless steel box, so the tide may turn in its favor.

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I've only used plastic bento boxes, for budgetary reasons, but I have a feeling glass or steel would totally win me over if I'd used either one.

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Stainless steel for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

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I prefer reusable plastic. Yes, I know about the possible risk, but it's light, goes in the dishwasher, lets me reheat my meal since I bring a lot of leftovers Works best for me.

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I think the ideal material is BPA Free plastic, but for my husband it's stainless. I like the convenience of being able to micro the box, while he never does and needs something very sturdy.
Thank you for the fun opportunity, Maki!

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Yay, bento giveaway! My ideal bento material is bpa free plastic that is both microwave and dishwasher safe. Metal is great for the kids' school lunches, but I like to be able to warm up my lunch.

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BPA-free plastic, so I can put it in the microwave!

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I think glass would be awesome since it isn't reactive and can be microwaved and washed easily. However, I think it would break in my bag so I need some of that "transparent aluminum" a la Scotty in Star Trek III!

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I like the reuseable plastic ones.

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bamboo! if it's good enough for panda's it's good enough for me

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Ideal material ... steel that's microwavable, sealable for soup, comes in lots of pretty colors and patterns. Or maybe unbreakable, lightweight glass? I look at these LunchBots every time I'm in the local natural foods store - would be perfect for any antipasto-style bento lunch!

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Stainless steel. Its completely dishwasher safe and my metal bento box isnt as adorable as my plastic, so I dont worry so much about theft.

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I like plastic because they often have nice designs, but I've never tried stainless steel.

I'm not a full-time US resident, but I do have a US residence; I hope that's okay.

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All the bento boxes I own right now are either Japanese Hakoya boxes or Lock and Lock boxes. I have never used a stainless steel box, but I would love to try one!

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You never can go wrong with bamboo. Though, I'd put a layer of silicone inside it so that clean up would be easier.

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