When my son started school, I had a lot of trouble finding something to pack his lunch in that was kind to the environment, yet practical.
I tried a lot of solutions. And I mean A LOT.
Trust me, you don't want to see my Tupperware cupboard.
But with every product I bought, there was always a problem.
And after paying over $100 for a metal lunch box (yup. I did,) I was exasperated. I couldn't find one single non-plastic lunch container that suited us, no matter how much I spent.
Either they had too many pieces to keep track of, they were an awkward shape, they contained toxic materials, they were too big for him to carry, or the cardinal sin, they did not fit a sandwich. (um. what?)
So we created these boxes to solve a real problem, and since doing that the response has been phenomenal.
And it's been a real joy to watch the way people have been using their boxes...
Since launching on Amazon in the US, we have maintained a nearly exclusively 5 star review rate from our happy customers. Contrary to my assumption, it isn't just kids who are using them. Adults love packing practical, zero waste lunches too.
Don't just take my word for it. Read these reviews on Amazon.com:
"This Bento box is exactly what I was looking for, and has exceeded my expectations. The compartments allow for just the right portion size while keeping the foods separated from each other. The stainless steel keeps food nice and cool, and is very easy to clean. This box makes packing a lunch easy and quick. I am really happy with my purchase." ~ Verified Amazon review.
So why does everyone love them?
ORIENTATION: A lot of the stainless steel lunch boxes on the market suffer one major design flaw... Orientation. They are large and flat and made to be carried on the side, like a suitcase. Which means... leakage. No one wants a soggy, watermelon flavoured sandwich, do they? I'm guessing no one answered yes to that!
DESIGN: Seed And Sprout boxes stack upwards, so tipping on the side is never an issue. They also take up little real estate on the lunch table, which (believe me - I've done the research,) your teachers will be thanking you for!
PORTIONS: These boxes are perfect for packing a main dish down below, and sides or snacks up top. There are no additional bits and pieces to keep track of and you can feel good about packing a practically proportioned, healthy lunch, that is big enough for an adult or child. But not too big. Or too heavy for young arms to carry.
SIZE: I won't mention any names here but a lot of the plastic-free lunch solutions are suffering one huge drawback; they don't fit a sandwich! I mean, I KNOW we are all healthy these days and in some certain circles the vegemite sandwich is all but eradicated... But, truth be told, some days I'm fresh out of quinoa, and good old PB on tiptop is what's on the menu. Please, don't judge me!!!
MATERIAL: The 100% food grade stainless steel we use is completely odour and stain resistant and dishwasher safe. There are no gaskets or seals to peel away with time, and the sturdy clasps hold everything securely closed. This box is a 100% plastic-free lunch packing solution.
DURABILITY: The Seed and Sprout bento lunchbox is a Buy It Once product. With care it will last a lifetime.
USABILITY: The clever compartment style means lunch packing is a no-brainer. This is the lunch box you will reach for again and again. I have over 10 different lunch boxes at home and this is the one I reach for EVERY DAY. It just works. It's that simple!
So it's amazing, right? But there is STILL one problem. Our Amazon warehouse will not ship orders to Australia.
So now it's time to bring these babies home. Although it has been so fun testing the waters over in the US, we really want to bring these to Australia, so all the people we know and love can use them too!
We just need a bit of help in placing an order with our manufacturer to be shipped directly to our shores.
This will help us to validate the demand. Friends and family heckling us in the street for boxes is one thing, but $5,000 worth of orders from the general public will allow us to move forward with confidence.
So if you believe we need our lunch box here in Australia, please back our project.
If you pledge $5 you get not only our undying love but also these awesome reusable silicone snack cups. Just perfect inside our boxes to further divide the compartments.
$20 Pledges and up:
Any pledge $20 and up will score you your very own lunch box. We also have family and corporate/bulk packs available.
We have a 2 box for $40 option, 3 for $60, and so on. Please check the different rewards along the side.
RRP on these bad boys will be $39.95 so Kickstarter backers will be saving 50-70% on the eventual Aussie retail price.
AND ... We're also planting a tree in an area of need for each box sold!
A serious word on why:
Sometimes the commitment to a sustainable future may seem daunting.
But being too focused on the ideal can be the enemy of making progress in the now.
That's why we are so passionate about creating practical products that bridge the gap between the ideal and action.
Most of us are familiar with the parable of the old man walking along the beach, strewn with thousands of starfish.
In fact many of us will have heard this parable used in motivation talks to emphasise the “power of one".
Of course, in our story, the old man comes across a young boy, picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.
The old man says to him, “I don’t know why you are bothering to do that. There are thousands of them. It doesn’t make any difference.”
The young boy looks at the starfish in his hand and as he throws it back into the sea, he replies, “It makes a difference to this one.”
As concerned citizens of the world, we can often feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the environmental challenges our society faces.
Some of the issues that world governments refuse to address like forest clearing, over population and fossil fuel use, can seem insurmountable.
And of course, simply throwing back one starfish will not magically address these important issues.
Yet, the importance of the “power of one” joining forces to become a “power of many" cannot be understated.
Here at Seed & Sprout, we are committed to enlisting ever more members of a powerful worldwide community of many, each contributing in whatever way they can to truly make a difference to the world.
If we all stand on the beach together and each throw our individual starfish back into the ocean, then pretty soon the beach will be clear. At least it will look a whole lot better.
And that is our goal. To encourage more and more people to make the small but easily achievable changes in their life, like dramatically reducing plastic use, which when done together, will have a real impact on our environment.
So, back our project and come and join the Seed & Sprout community and in turn become part of the world wide phenomenon of individuals making a real difference.
Founder of Seed & Sprout Co
Risks and challenges
Because we have already been through the manufacturing and logistics of distributing these in the US, we do not foresee any major challenges in shipping these to our shores.
We are hoping for a very smooth production run and to have these in Aussie hands within a few short months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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