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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I think stainless steel is ideal, however I find the magewappa bento boxes to be particularly beautiful. :)

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Currently I am using just regular tupperwares made out of plastic. I would like to try wooden ones. Something that's microwaveable.

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How about candy that regenerates? Like, you eat the food in it, and then you eat the box...and then the box GROWS BACK! Cool, right?

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I haven't used real bento boxes yet. Instead, I have been using the square plastic Ziploc containers for my son's bentos and a large square plastic Tupperware for my own. The Tupperware has been holding up great, and the Ziplocs are cheap enough to toss when they really start to show wear.
My favorite bento material/item are the silicone cupcake liners!

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I wish there were microwaveable oven-proof dishwasher-safe Kevlar bentos; but until then, I'll take the plastic or steel. Either one works for me. Sometimes I reheat in the MW, but mostly I keep my bentos in an insulated bag and eat at "room temp."
Thanks for your blog. I have learned so much from you.

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I have one real one of melamine, and I use a plain tupperware sometimes. Either works for me, as long as it's easy to wash.

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My current box is pretty close to ideal: glass with plastic lid that is completely leak proof. I can zap the contents if I want, and I don't worry about stuff coming out into the lunch bag when it gets tossed around. If only stainless steel were microwaveable, it would be ideal for me because it's so much lighter than glass, but I haven't yet seen a stainless steel box with leakproof lid.

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I like rice in a leaf surrounded with cloth.

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All the bento boxes I've owned have been plastic. I would like to find one that I can be sure is made of BPA-free plastic. I would also be open to trying a stainless-steel box. It would be nice to have a Mr. Bento, but they're kind of expensive, to me.

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I really like stainless steel -- love the Lunchbots my son has.

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I would love to have a lacquered wood box! Especially a picnic sized one. It would be great to prepare a picnic for the family and take a blanket to the park. We'd have the most awesome looking lunch there, right down to the packaging! Sadly they are just so expensive, that it will have to wait a while.

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As much as they say plastic isn't as good, I really do like the ease of cleaning/microwaving/storing high quality plastic. With Aluminum, I tend to get a bit of a metallic taste - although that might be in my head. I'd love to win and put a good experience to the test!

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I tend to like aluminum for cold bentos and plastic, since most food containers I use are plastic. Plus they're microwavable so I can reheat my lunch.

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I actually am not a huge fan of stainless steel -- I do need to microwave my bentos at times! I would prefer a polycarbonate. Something that can take great trends of hot and cold, still look nice, and not leech anything into my food. I want to be able to microwave and wash my bento boxes without worry :)

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oh i hope i can get one

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I've only had plastic but would love to try stainless steel!

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I really love sticky plastic

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Bamboo would be my bento box material of choice - for sustainability. Yes a little love and care is required, but the look and feel of bamboo is incredible.

Stainless steel is next up - but edges must all be turned over for safety. My son cut his finger on one of my steel boxes and it wasn't even a sharp edge!

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I prefer reusable plastic because it is lightweight and sturdy--after all, I have to take it to work every day. I am quite in love with my laptop lunchbox

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My ideal is stainless steel. That said, the vast majority of my bento boxes are plastic. Mainly because they come in such cute designs. :)

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I'm happy with my plastic boxes, especially the ones that can go in the dishwasher. My next new box will probably be a thermos type one.

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I like plastic - reusable, that is also microwave safe.

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Stainless steel or glass (I discovered Lunchbots on your site, and now have two). No plastic for me though.

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preferred bento box materials, in order of preference are 1) stainless steel, with a seal; 2) a BPA-and other leachable chemical-free plastic; 3) glass or ceramic. I think that maintaining the safety of the food is most important, followed by convenience.

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Barring the concentrated, solid awesomeness that a previous poster commented on, I'd guess my ideal bento box would be a miracle material that is wooden and microwave-and-dishwasher-safe. And pretty! Lacquered would be nice, but not necessary...

In the real world, though, I'll have to stick to my plastic.

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I've always used plastic ones and for special occasions lacquered wood. I've never used a stainless steel box. I would be interested in trying it out. For cold or room temperature lunches.

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Maki, thank you for maintaining such an informative and fun blog for the bento lifestyle. My husband always packs a lunch. I am going to school in the evenings and now I am packing my dinners. How can I create interesting on-the-go meals every day? Your site has been most helpful for meals, how to present the food, and different containers. So far, I tend to the plastic because it is cheap. I want to try thermos containers for hot foods and stainless containers when the weather gets warm.

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You know, it's hard to choose just one ideal box. If it had to be one, it would have to be a combination of many...and I'm not sure how that'd be possible. I'm a seasonal person, so I'd need something to change with the seasons.

During colder months, I love the feel of ceramic/glass, and I love that I can microwave it or throw it in the oven. I love a hot meal in the winter time--but I'm not a huge fan of insulated bentos. I've tried them, and they usually don't keep warm as long as I need them to. Plus, they're bulky and not so cute.

On the other hand, I really enjoy the look of traditional, wooden bentos and also the stainless steal bentos during the summer months when I tend to pack lighter and ingredients that are more refreshing. Plus, cute designs to make me smile are a huge plus!

So for one, ideal bento, I'd need something that can change with the seasons. Perhaps dress it up according to the season.

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So far, I'm just using plastic tupperware-like containers. I live in a small Texas town, which makes stainless steel boxes hard to find. I think I'd enjoy a stainless steel box, though.

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Pyrex-type glass for me, but BPA-free plastic would be best for my son's bentos. I need microwaveability, he needs lightweight and unbreakability, and we both need low maintenance!

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I'm currently using a snapware container to pack "bento". It's a plastic non-traditional one, but it works really well, it has a divider which leaves a bigger side for the main part of the meal and a small side for snacks/sides. But I've never been able to use anything aside from plastic. So I don't really know. It'd be really nice to have something microwavable, but I don't personally mind eating a cold/room temperature lunch, so I think having a metal one would be really nice as it wouldn't stain... and I do have a tendency to use turmeric in my cooking. Lots of yellow plastic containers.

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Compartmentalized stainless steel. easy clean and changeable.

Harry

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I like ceramic/glass ones but they are heavy so i generally use plastic ones, they are lighter and microwavable, the only downside is that they are a bit harder to wash. For work i usually bring a steel one then transfer it to a plate to microwave it.

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I think that my personal choice in a bento would be glass with a silicone "sleeve" around it. Glass is safe, economical, microwave and dishwasher safe and doesn't stain. A silicone sleeve would seal it so that it didn't leak, would make it less likely to break and would allow for alot of different designs.

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I would say my ideal bento would be BPA-free microwavable, dishwasher-safe plastic but a great second runner up would be stainless steel. Also, the cuteness factor has to be there! :)

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My favorite material is anything that is not plastic or styrene!

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I think my fave material is the reusable plastic ones. but I haven't tried a metal one or bamboo one yet.

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I am just looking into Bento boxes after my SIL and myself were discussing them recently for my son that will be going to Kindergarden in a few weeks. From the things I have read so far I am looking for Stainless steel w/ or w/o a seal, Melamine, and or a thermal one... (We do not own a microwave and he will not being using one so being microwave safe is not really an issue for us...) but most likely I will find that I lean towards a S. steel one. Wouldn't it be perfect if my son won this one... then I would not have to solely figure out what would be best for him. lol. Though I have to say I love doing research to find just the right product. : ) Just found the justbento site, I am really liking. Thank you for offering such fun contests. : )

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My favorite bento box was found at an eclectic shop and is essentially three square boxes about 8" per side and 3" tall that stack and make a very pretty Japanese picture of a black/gold tree. I can put anything from popcorn to sandwiches in them, the only thing I need is some creativity to make the inside match the beautiful outside!

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My ideal bento box material would be something that washes very easily, and a material that food residue some off easily as well, so I think stainless steal would be great! But it would be cool if it has cute decals all over it :D

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My favorite material doesn't exist yet. It would be an inert product, similar to glass or stoneware but have the flexibility, durability and ease of plastic. For now, I use the Lock & Lock-style containers for my children's bentos. Their schools would freak if I sent in glass.

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I realy like the plastic Bento boxes, they have worked best for me so far.

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I'm OK using any material except plastic, but I like stainless steel the best!

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I'm thinking Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel for sure! It just looks so clean and modern. Plus it doesn't leach nasty chemicals like plastic does!

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I'm partial to stainless steel myself - it is safe for my kids (at least as far as I know right now)

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Polypropylene plastic. Gotta be able to microwave and dishwash for me.

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I like reusable plastic personally.

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I like glass to be honest. But it does get heavy.

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