Packing a lunch instead of eating out is a good way to save money, and packing a lunch with reusable containers is a great way to reduce packaging waste. But don’t think lunchboxes and Tupperware containers are your only choices — enter the new BNTO canning jar lunchbox adapter by Cuppow, a clever tool for packing on-the-go meals that not only reduces packaging waste but also allows you to reuse jars and reduce the number of dishes you need to wash.
Cuppow specializes in making products that adapt canning jars for new uses, and the BNTO is no exception. The BNTO is a 6-ounce rigid plastic insert (BPA- and BPS-free) that fits into the top of a mason jar, allowing users to separate wet ingredients from dry ones in the same container. This setup works well for foods like yogurt and granola, vegetables and dip or even salad and dressing. Inspired by Japanese bento boxes, the BNTO makes packing a lunch easy because it requires fewer containers (no separate containers for wet ingredients) and users can eat their lunch right out of the glass container, meaning fewer plates or bowls to wash.
These lunchbox adapters are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. They’re also made in the USA, and both the BNTO itself and its packaging are made from 100 percent recyclable materials. The BNTO adapter is made to fit widemouthed canning jars, and if you’re uncertain what size jars you have around the house, visit Cuppow’s website, which has a handy chart explaining mason jar sizes.
The BNTO is available for $7.99 through Cuppow’s website, or it can be purchased in stores nationwide. If you’re looking for even more ways to reuse canning jars, the company also offers a variety of drinking lids for turning a mason jar into a cup.