There’s a lot of noise going on in my house right now. The workers started on the demolition of our current bedroom about an hour and a half ago, and the banging is really loud. So no one even noticed when my 10-year-old and I started throwing glass containers on our kitchen floor.
We were throwing Wean Green tempered glass food storage containers on the floor repeatedly to see if they would break. Why? Wean Green sent me the Back 2 School set of three glass containers with locking plastic lids, and we wanted to see exactly how lunchbox-friendly and kid-safe the containers are. If the glass isn’t able to stand up to the repeated abuse it takes being tossed around in a lunchbox and backpack, slammed onto the lunch table by a hungry kid, accidently dropped onto the lunchroom floor, or thrown into a ceramic kitchen sink at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how eco-friendly it is.
The containers passed our floor-dropping test. We also threw them into our ceramic sink a couple of times. They didn’t break. The final test was to see how leak-proof they are. We put salsa into the Wean Cube, locked the lid, and put it in a plastic bag. Then we swung the bag around and around. We jumped up and down with the bag. We threw the bag on the floor. When we opened it, none of the salsa had spilled out. Impressive. It’s hard to find lunchbox containers that will handle liquidy foods like salsa or dip without leaking.
According to WiseGeek, tempered glass is a type of safety glass that is four to five times stronger than standard glass. It doesn't break into shards if it gets broken. Instead it will break into small, pebble-shaped pieces without sharp edges. If you’re going to be putting glass into your child’s lunchbox, tempered is a good choice.
In my house, it’s not popular to bring up back-to-school topics before the Labor Day, but I know there are parts of the country that have a full-year schedule and students are heading back to school already. So as I run across good options for lunchboxes or other products, I’ll post about them if I have the opportunity to check them out and put them through the Shreeves boys’ tests. I think the Wean Green storage containers are a good option if you want safe, eco-friendly, lasting food containers .
The Back 2 School set ($16.99) contains three containers, 1 Lunch Cube (good for a small sandwich or a salad), 1 Wean Tub (good for cut vegetables or crunchy snacks), and 1 Wean Cube (good for dips and salad dressings).