PlanetBox wasn’t just a random choice from the local supermarket; oh no, this is the fruit of a fair few hours’ research on the Internet. I decided late last year that Ickle could do with a more comprehensive solution for taking her snacks to daycare. I happened to be going through an anti-plastic stage at the time, and PlanetBox kept cropping up as an alternative worth a closer look.
It definitely sets out to appeal to the eco market (although let’s forget about the distance it travelled from the US* to get to my front door). Much has been written about the dangers of using plastic containers for food storage; lead, BPAs and phthalates are just some of the nasties that can leach into food and drink, with potentially damaging consequences. So, I figure the less I use plastic, the better.
Made from stainless steel, PlanetBox strikes me as a modern take on an Indian tiffin carrier crossed perhaps with a thali tray. It comes in three different sizes and configurations. Given Ickle’s propensity for grazing at mealtimes, we opted for the Rover, which has a variety of different sized compartments. The Rover package includes a Big and Small Dipper, two stainless steel containers with silicone rubber seals to prevent sloppy, wet foods from leaking. We also succumbed to a set of magnets for decoration and a bright pink carry bag,. Yup, the full whammy. Well, it was a Christmas present, after all.
I love dreaming up combinations of food to entice Ickle to eat and enjoy her food. Here is yesterday’s effort:
– Rice wrap with avo, red kidney beans and grated cheese (a current favourite)
– Mixed veg: baby corn, carrot sticks and cucumber wedges
– Fruit salad: mandarin, strawberry and blueberry
– Last night’s leftovers: macaroni and peas
– Sweet treat: handful of sultanas
In short, we love our PlanetBox. It’s not without its downsides, of course. First, at $85 (AUD) for the kit (as per pricing on biome.com.au at the time of writing), it doesn’t come cheap (let’s hope it lasts, hey); the seal on our Big Dipper has never stayed in place and I binned it a couple of weeks ago (so no wet, sloppy food in that container, then); last, it’s pretty heavy, so all very well for me to cart to and from daycare, but how will Ickle get on when she starts at pre-school, and needs to carry it with all the other stuff kids need to take with them?
*PlanetBox is now available in Australia from biome eco stores – presumably they ship them en masse, so guaranteeing a lower carbon footprint per item.