Supplier: Lunchbox Goodies
REVIEW: Juice in the box
The products were provided to Eco Parents Australia to review. This is not a paid review. The opinions are those of Eco Parents Australia.
When I was chatting with Adele from Lunchbox Goodies in planning the review, I mentioned that gender-neutral colours work well. So, I had to smile when we ended up picking these up in person from Adele when she had a stall at a local school fete just around the corner from us. Because Adele was so lovely and told my children they could pick whatever colour they liked. My son chose pink…
Without further ado, I bring you the review of one orange and one pink Juice in the Box.
The square Juice in the Box drink container is a reusable alternative to single use, store bought juice boxes. I remember having ‘poppas’ as a kid. It just occurred to me that we called them that because once empty we blew them up and jumped on them. Pop!
Well, that won’t happen with the Juice in the Box. The makers call it ‘indestructible’.
My kids usually drink water or milk. They’ve tried watered down store bought juice a couple times, but I prefer to be more in control of their sugar intake. They were pretty excited to try them out. The choices in the house were either water or milk. I gave them a wash and filled them up (the juice boxes – not the kids). Both kids found them easy to hold. The 3.5 year old could open the flip top lid once shown how. However, the 2 year old took a while to master the technique.
I like that the boxes have a colour, but you can see though them. I wondered how much liquid they could hold (235ml by the way) and thought for a moment that I’d like to see increment measurements on the side as there is only a maximum fill line shown. Once the drinks were finished, I pushed open the end with the metal hinge to remove the lid.
The lid lightly clamps the top softer straw section to stop leaks once closed. There is a clasp to lock the lid and the lid clicks via a white button once secure. The mouthpiece straw is soft to the mouth. The harder straw section straw goes all the way to the bottom of the container and detaches for easy cleaning. I highly recommend a straw cleaner to do the job. The seal around the lid is removable as well as the straw mouthpiece; this makes it easy for a thorough cleaning overall. They are pretty much leak proof; you might get a teeny bit from the little air vent hole if you were to shake it vigorously with the flip lid open.
There were a few arguments of colour. I ended up doing a bit of a mix and match where I put the pink lid on the orange box and vice versa. The 3.5 year old now requests that we mix and match every time.
Of course I gave them a go too. I found them sturdy but not too heavy. It did not feel like I was drinking from a kids plastic bottle. It could be a nifty way to take home made juice to work. They do seem to catch the eye, I’ve had someone ask me where I got them (and of course I told them).
If taking them outside of the house I would as a matter of course, whack a name label on them. There seems to be plenty of space to accommodate this.
My daughter was always a poor baby bottle drinker, whereas my son was a dream to give expressed breast milk to. When I returned to work and hubby, family or daycare would give her breast milk I taught her to drink from a straw bottle. She mastered the technique at 6 months old, which gave me plenty of time before I returned to work. This bottle would have been a good bottle for her to drink expressed milk. If anyone reads this review and tries the Juice in a Box for expressed milk with success, I’d love to hear about it.
During the review month I borrowed a whizz-bang juicer from my mother-in-law. A juicer is something I’ve considered purchasing but I’m just not sure if I really ‘need’ one, or what type would suit us. I picked up a 12 kg box of juicing apples from my local green grocer and the juicer did impress. I used all sorts of glass bottles and froze most of the juice. I made some sugar-free apple and banana muffins for the kids with some of the more pulpy mixture. When you juice things yourself you are very aware of just how much produce goes into making the juice. So I gave the kids 50% juice and 50% water. Even then they did not always consume it all in one sitting. We tried water, milk, smoothies and homemade juice in the boxes. It was only the juice they struggled to drink in one sitting. Smoothies were devoured quick smart. And smoothies were no problem through the straw, I’ve had issue with sippy cups before as smoothies are a bit too thick and the milk is a bit of a pain to clean.
- 100% reusable
- BPA and phthalate free
- 235 ml capacity for your choice of contents
- 13.8cm high, 6.7cm wide and 4.2 cm deep
- Empty weight 110 grams
- 5 transparent colours (red, green, blue, pink and orange)
- Familiar square juice box shape
- The makers say it made from ‘indestructible’ Tritan material – they even drive a car over the box! (see the product demo video at Lunchbox Goodies site)
They can spurt a little out of the straw when you press the lid down; that’s just re-pressurising though. This does not happen if you push down the lid slowly. The square shape means they may not fit into round cup holders. Freezing a full Juice in the Box is not recommended as the liquid expands and can ruin the container and seals long term – though the large opening means you can just pop in a few ice-cubes to make contents colder.
I like to completely pull the boxes apart and give them a rinse as soon as possible after use. They can be hand washed or are suitable for the top rack of the dishwasher.
Each Juice in the Box sits in a cardboard pocket and comes with an additional mini pamphlet inside.
Lunchbox Goodies is based in Brisbane, Queensland and run by Adele, mother of two boisterous boys. Her passion for sharing unique, fun and stylish lunch box items that are reusable has created an online store that is just that. Lunchbox Goodies is Adele’s environmental message and her way to show families and children an easy, colourful and interesting way to reduce and reuse; and what a better way than with the everyday lunch; its contents and box. The website has grown to be not only a hub for products but also recipes and other interesting topics for families. The Facebook page shares lunch box news as well as also having a link to a lunch box community page where questions and discussions based around lunches is encouraged, plus each member can participate in recipe sharing and exclusive special discount codes. Find the website here.
Congratulations to our winner Kristy Horsfall.