I'm sometimes a bit out of the loop when it comes to the newest and coolest in lunchbox design, so these Goodbyn bento-style lunch carriers completely passed me by until now. How awesome are they?! Forget the kids, I want one for myself.
Goodbyns are made from one continuous piece of molded plastic (food-safe and recyclable) with several compartments to hold all your tasty lunch foods. The biggest compartment can hold sandwiches and whole pieces of fruit, while the smaller ones can store a handful of granola, cookies, or even a few tablespoons of ranch dressing. In the larger-sized Goodbyn, you can even store a juice bottle right inside one of the compartments.
A flexible lid snaps over the whole container. This prevents leaking between compartments and lets you carry the lunchbox upright or slip it into a backpack. The Goodbyn FAQs say that thick sauces like dips and yogurt are fine, but the lid isn't leak-proof enough for soups.
For kids, this is a manageable lunchbox that can easily go from backpack to locker to lunch table. Each Goodbyn also comes with a set of dishwasher-safe stickers for decorating and personalizing. And who doesn't love stickers?
For us adults, I'm thinking of that packed office fridge. Not only would it be easy to slip this slim lunchbox in between the other bags and take-out containers, but food would be kept relatively protected from the strange odors and spills that seem inevitable in a communal fridge. I also wonder if lunch thieves might be deterred by the distinctive design and the fact that you can't just reach in to grab something quickly.
I'm sold. What about you?
• Find them: Goodbyns, $25.95 for the Original, $16.95 for the Bynto at the Goodbyn store
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