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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This would be perfect for my father. He won't take bento boxes to his work in bright, colorful plastic decorated with cute pictures.

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I would go for stainless steel - sturdy, durable, and ok to put in the dishwasher.

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I really like my microwaveable plastic boxes since I pack my fiance lunches and he prefers to be able to pop them in the microwave!

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Since I only make lunch for myself, I'm not super concerned about what my container is made of. Most of what I have is plain old plastic. I do have one steel one, but it's more just a snack container. I like plastic because it's microwave and dishwasher safe and tends to be cheaper. :)

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I have that box! I really like it so far too. The divider isnt air tight (its still nice to have), but the lid seals off nicely. I would highly recommend there boxes for anymeal that isnt excessively watery.

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so far, I've used only plastic and one stainless steel box. I rather like the plastic, because I am used to dealing with it and because it can come in so many colors with all sorts of designs!

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My ideal bento box would be made out of unbreakable, light-weight glass.

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My ideal material is lacquered wood, not only is it durable, it doesn't smell funny after washing and is heat resistant.

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The only boxes I have right now are plastic. But I think that I would prefer stainless steel!

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Although I would love to own a wooden one, i love the pretty patterns and colors of the plastic ones. Easy to clean and reasonably priced!

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I prefer stainless steel bentos. I have bentos of all different materials. The stainless steel ones just remind me of the multilayer tiffins my parents used for picnics when I was a kid.

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I prefer plastic. Although some bento boxes are not microwave safe, they look great and come in great varieties :)

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I have no idea if you mean food material, or the material that the box is made out of, so I'll do both.

FOOD: Anything with carbs. I'm a busy college student, and I can't afford a lot of fresh fruits and veggies (being an English major's expensive!) pasta is what I usually pack, along with some vegetable leftovers from my father's left overs from his dinner. I keep the sauce separate, and use my college's handy-dandy microwave to re-heat my pasta. If I can, and if it's available to me, I LOVE the frozen chicken patties that you can get from Costco. I nuke one in the microwave at home, chop it up, throw it in with the rice ( or pasta, or mashed potatoes, or yams...) and pack some BBQ sauce, and call it a lunch! They're also good if you got kids, because chicken patty + cookie cutter = fun shapes to nom. Any left overs I chuck into my bento as well, and figure out the flavor combos during my lunch break.

BENTO MATERIAL: I like plastic, because I have a horrible habit of licking my bento's clean of any remnants, and I'm ALWAYS scared that ANY metal will cut my tongue (bad experience at summer camp once). As stated above, I also use the microwave a lot (I really should just marry it) so what's the point, if you have a metal bento, to have to get a bowl/plate from the cafeteria and THEN use the little machine of the gods, when, if you have plastic, you can just pop it in, and a minute later, VOILA! warm food. Plus I have a penchant for adorable characters and bright colors, so the metal ones are kinda ugly in my opinion.

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I like the reusable plastic :) good for you and the environment

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Stainless steel, since it's durable and unbreakable and relatively free of contaminants. Must be easy to wash, would also be nice if insulated.

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Once I found a Thermal style bento, I began learning how to make homemade soups. I am such a fan of cozy, winter bento's.

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I have to admit that I am very drawn to the colorful plastic bento boxes, though I am starting to be more concerned about plastic, and would like to try a stainless steel box.

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My favorite -box- material is stainless steel, but I looove using silicone cups as cute and practical dividers :)

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Plastic is probably easiest, but I like the stainless steel, too.

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I want to make a bento.

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Although I'd love to have a traditional wooden box, at the moment, stainless steel and plastic boxes are infinitely more practical.

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Right now all I have is plastic, but it is a shallow rectangle and perfect size for bento..stainless (with a tight sealing lid) would be my 1st choice for room temp bento, and glass would be my 2nd choice...the extra weight would be better than the plastic toxins going into my food when I nuked it. Thanks!

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reusable and diswasher safe. It's it's plastic, I try to find BPA free.

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Anything BPA free that will not leach into my organic food :)

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dishwasher/microwave safe plastic!!

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I love the color!

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Because most bento lunches will be for my Kindergarten daughter, I would prefer plastic. Easily replaceable. Less worry for me!

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We are trying to limit our plastic usage so I prefer stainless steel if it has a nice seal. If only I could find a tightly sealed SS box with the pics on it my boys ask for...

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I think BPA-free plastic is the best for me. I like to take my lunch with me. If I could have leakproof stainless steel that I could microwave, I'd love that, but metal in microwave is bad.

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Plastic bento; I have one that has a steel exterior and you can remove the plastic portion to microwave it.

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I would like a plastic one that was BPA free and microwaveable.

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I love the look of stainless steel, but I usually get plastic instead. Microwavability trumps looks.

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I like reusable plastic as it is easy to microwave and wash. I'd love to try stainless steel though. :)

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I love the stainless steel Bento box
Stainless steel is versatile and time less ^_^

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Ah darn, It's too late in my time zone now. But I would still like to answer the question, if that's ok. For me, there is something about a stainless steel bento box that makes it look so appealing. It gives me the idea that the food will be fresher. Plastic boxes are very cute (especially the 2 tier ones), but there is something very sophisticated about stainless steel that I love.

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My ideal material for a bento box is Thermal bento box. However, I am using microvwave safe plastic bento box.

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This may look weird but it's actually plastic! It's not as noisy which makes people from my school not stare as much (since bento's is something quite unique here).
Also, it's really easy to wash too, so..! I love plastic bentos ^^'
Just a pitty they're not as "healthy" as the other ones...

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I really enjoy either stainless steel or pyrex glass for bringing my bento lunches to work. However I have a few Mr. Bento vacuum jars with plastic containers that are nice to use when needing to avoid the work refrigerator or when I don't know if I can have access to a microwave during the daytime.

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Stainless steel with a fun bright lid looks the best but plastic allows for the microwave!

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I love the look and feel of treated wood. My 5 year old son uses plastic, so that it can last the day with him.

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I like having a plastic or metal container as I always break the glass ones >.< Now I am currently bento-less because they always break :(

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I think stainless steel but I guess BPA free, sturdy plastic would be good too.

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I feel as though a stainless steel bento would be my preferred material as it is very sturdy and will last for a long time.

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Plastic works fine for me, as long as there's no BPA.

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Right now I just use plastic containers for bento boxes but I'm starting to think some glass/pyrex containers would be better.

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While I use a plastic bento, I'm a sucker for the expensive lacquer ones! They are so traditional and sophisticated looking, I like that alot.

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I've never had a real bento box before. I like the thought of stainless steel or wood, but I imagine that plastic and glass are a little more convenient.

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best bento material would be shatter proof and leak proof glass. easy to clean, see and microwave !

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I think glass.

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I think stainless steel would be my favorite because the convenience of cleaning. My other choice is plastic(BPA free, hopefully) for fruit bentos, etc.

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