About this project
2013 Color Choices:
The 2013 IHA Innovation Award Winner at Chicago International Home+Housewares Show
FlatBox-LunchBox Prototype in Motion:
FlatBox-LunchBox is a washable, heat resistant food carrying container that converts into a placemat to provide a clean surface with each use.
Our Story - From ZERO to HERO
My name is Rita. I have been a teacher for 10 years and have 3 children as well. I noticed that when a child got sick at school, very soon a few more followed. I searched the Internet where I found that some studies blamed the spread of germs on the water fountains, while others blamed it on poor hygiene....but even with the "hand sanitizer craze" the spreading of germs was still evident. I dove deeper into the topic and came across a shocking research conducted by the University of Arizona: "The germiest place in a school building....is the cafeteria table."
How can that be? Tables are being cleaned and sanitized...you might wonder as I did. But unfortunately tables are not being cleaned properly, not to mention that the dirty, conventional lunchboxes are being placed right on top of the cafeteria table.
Now that I knew what the root of the problem was (dirty tables and filthy lunch boxes) I went back to the Internet to find the solution. But after a long research, I was left empty handed.
So I took matters into my own hands! I envisioned a washable lunch box that would fold out to become a placemat.
And that is when the FUN began.......and life hasn't been the same since! Our passion to create this lunchbox that would easily fold out to a placemat, consumed our evenings and weekends.
My husband and I made the first round of prototypes out of old dishrags and shirts.
Having no experience in sewing, we handed the lunchbox over to my mother-in-law in Hungary who made a few great looking prototypes that we were proud to show to friends and family. I also brought it to my school and had the children (K-8th grade) test it out. Their honest feedback and opinion was a tremendous help in creating our final design.
Great! Now what do we do?
While tweaking the prototypes and making it more and more user friendly for all ages we decided to contact some major lunchbox companies in the United States. Feeling not so successful (ok...you guessed nobody called back!) once again we took matters to our own hands. Scrapping up our savings we decided to show off our FlatBox-LunchBox at the International Housewares Show in Chicago this past spring, where we won the 2013 Innovation Award.
Our goal is to provide you with a quality, heat resistant and washable lunchbox that also serves as a placemat while dining away from home; at school, at the office, and at the park. By unzipping the four easy zippers of the FlatBox-LunchBox it converts into a flat placemat in seconds .
- Dimensions- As Lunchbox: 7" x 7" x 11" As Placemat: 18" x 18" x 1/4"
- Material: 70% Neoprene, 30% Polyester
- Colors (Click here)
As Seen In:
Brandon is a dreamer with goals in his life. As a teacher, children with special needs have always been close to my heart. Brandon's amazing gift and ability to think outside of the box shows through his artwork. His painting called "Flower Power" is indeed a powerful piece of art and we cannot wait to present it to you. We know you will love it too!
Fester is an amazing local airbrushing artist. He airbrushed the PEACE design on the Innovation Award Winner FlatBox-LunchBox. In addition, he painted the camouflage pattern for us, which has also been a huge hit!
Risks and challenges
I know that timely fulfillment is extremely important to backers. For this reason we have already selected a large, reputable manufacturer to complete the production. This manufacturer has produced several flawless prototypes for us. My husband will be standing by the production line to ensure that your FlatBox-LunchBox not only meets but also exceeds your expectations!
All I need now is your support to get this FlatBox-LunchBox into your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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