Monday, April 15, 2013

ThrifTee Gear Review & Giveaway + MineCraft Steve & Creeper Lunch!

Do you have a favourite t-shirt that you don't wear anymore? Maybe it just doesn't fit right, or maybe it's torn or stained... but you just can't part with it, and so it sits in a drawer or closet, not getting the love it deserves... Poor t-shirt :( But wait, it doesn't have to end up like this! Your beloved old tee can begin life anew, as a ThrifTee Gear bag!

ThrifTee Gear bag review & MineCraft bento school lunch

Beanstalk doesn't normally take a cute lunch to school, in fact, he hasn't taken a home-packed lunch very much at all recently.  But I'm thinking he'll want to more often now that he has a cool MineCraft Creeper ThrifTee Gear lunch bag! He was pretty excited to take lunch in it, and even let me make him this:

MineCraft bento school lunch in EasyLunchboxes

Steve is a peanut butter sandwich with a Clif Kidz brownie bar for hair,  embellished with fruit leather features (stuck on with honey as "glue"). The sheep, pig & chicken mobs decorate stacks of cheddar & mozzarella, and more fruit leather turns half a Granny Smith apple into a Creeper. And then of course, it was packed in this awesome bag:


Just kidding! A little Minecraft humour ;) That's it below. How cool is that? My biggest boy couldn't wait to take it to school. ThrifTee Gear bags are the perfect lunch bags for older kids who've outgrown their little kid lunchboxes.

ThrifTee Gear bag review

Isn't it brilliant? The kind of thing you see and ask yourself "Now why didn't I think of that?!" Well, Trixie of ThrifTee Gear did. She thought the world needed cool lunch bags that would make teens want to take waste-free lunches to school, and she made it happen :)

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I was thrilled when ThrifTee Gear generously offered me a bag to review, I knew it would be just the thing for my older kid, and chose a custom bag. Within days a prepaid mailer arrived, which I sent back filled with Beanstalk's Minecraft Creeper t-shirt (that I didn't think to photograph first, but it's this one) and about a week later I received this in return! Awesome!

ThrifTee Gear bag review

I'm really impressed with our ThrifTee Gear lunch bag! It's very roomy - in the photo above I've packed it with 2 EasyLunchboxes and 2 Klean Kanteen bottles. The lining is durable, washable, water resistant, food-safe nylon. It's really well-made too, even the drawstring casings have fully finished edges, they won't be fraying in the wash. I can tell this bag will be able to handle the abuse it's going to be subjected to in the hands of my 6th grader :) 

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I love that it's so eco-cool. It even arrived in a little cloth pouch, with a repurposed library card as a receipt - how fun! And it's wide enough on the bottom to carry our EasyLunchboxes flat - so I can be fairly confident that sandwich Steve arrived at school with his smile intact :)

ThrifTee Gear bag review & MineCraft bento school lunch in EasyLunchboxes

ThrifTee Gear Lunch Bags
Awesome because they are:
  • Made from recycled t-shirts!
  • Trash-free & reusable
  • Machine washable
  • Cool enough for school
  • One of a kind
  • Mom-made!
The ONLY thing not so awesome is:
  • It's hard to decide which t-shirt to use!
Bonus Awesomeness:
  • ThrifTee Gear gives back!
  •  $1 from the sale of each ThrifTee Gear goes to one of four charities, and YOU get to choose to which :)
ThrifTee Gear bags are Sproutlet Approved :)
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You want one, don't you? 
Enter my Giveaway!

Win a ThrifTee Gear bag from BentOnBetterLunches!

Congratulations to the Winner, Sarah D!

This giveaway is offered to US residents only. Please do not enter this giveaway if you have won or received free product from ThrifTee Gear within the past 3 months. 

31 comments:

  1. So cute what a great idea! I love the Spiderman bag on the front page... even though it doesn't look like it's for sale or at least I didn't see it doe sale.

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  2. More Cowbell!!
    I have that shirt... might be the one I choose.

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  3. I like boo boo bear!!

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  4. Oohhhh they have a BATMAN bag!!!!!!!!!!! That's the one I want :D

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  5. sweet! my son just had a minecraft birthday party!

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  6. They have great designs... but I've got a shirt in mind we would use if we won! They do have a pretty cool Beatles one they've custom made before though :)

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  7. This one is my favorite:
    http://thrifteegear.com/boo-boo-bear-thriftee-gear-reusable-lunch-bag/

    but if I could make my own, I'd make one from something that has the word HOPE on it, as that is my favorite word. :)

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  8. I love your minecraft bento, that bag it awesome. This is the one I think is cool http://thrifteegear.com/tootsie-pop-thriftee-gear-reusable-lunch-bag/

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  9. I like the Star Wars one but I would probably end up sending in our own shirt for a custom bag!

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  10. My favorite is one of the shirts that was recently sold -- Artistic Scribble. Love it!

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  11. My son would love a lunch like that!

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  12. I've kept an awesome collection of tee shirts from my son's baby-childhood that would be excellent for this! Eek!

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  13. odd question but are these thermal? would it keep a lunch cold? because i love this idea

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    1. No, they are not insulated. I would recommend ice in the drink :)

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  14. Love this lunch so much! My kids are very impressed.

    ThrifTee has a Mario bag that my 11 year old would flip for!

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  15. I love the Need more cowbell, I'd probably use one of our outgrown beloved t's though.

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  16. I love our one ThrifTee Gear bag...can't wait to get another!!

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  17. I love the Scooby Doo. Thanks for the link. What an awesome idea for bento bags!

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  18. Oh, my son would love the Buzz Lightyear bag!

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  19. I've always wanted to do this but I never had. I also love the minecraft. :D

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  20. Would the ThrifTee concept also work on button-downs? Like say a floral Hawaiian print ones?

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    1. I don't know, but that's a good question - maybe you could ask it on their Facebook Wall :)

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  21. As usual, you find the coolest stuff!! I would totally get one of these for my husband, and maybe he'd let me start packing him fun lunches. :)

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  22. The minecraft one would be my first choice but the Mario ThrifTee Gear Reusable Lunch Bag would be awesome too

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  23. The spiderman design, definitely.

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  24. I love Minecraft.

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  25. On fruit leather how did you get it to stick? On creeper what flavor was use to look black?

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  26. I was wondering how you got the fruit leather to stick to the sandwich ? On the creeper what flavor of fruit leather did you use to look black ( having a hard time finding dark color) thank you my grandson 1st day school is tomorrow and want to surprise him with minecraft lunch

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    1. The fruit leather on the apple is Jovy brand Granny Smith Apple flavour, it's a dark green colour so against the apple peel looks even darker.
      The fruit leather on the sandwich is stuck on using honey as glue! I will edit this post to include that, thanks :)
      Hope your grandson has a wonderful first day!

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