Wean Green Review (& Giveaway!)

Posted on April 12, 2012 by Stefanie

I know this makes me a terrible Greenist, but in my kitchen cupboard right now is a small mountain of plastic food storage containers, some of which I’ve owned since my freshman year of college (way back in the early ’90s), well before any of us had ever heard of BPA and had any idea to look for “BPA-free” (or anything-free) labels on plastic containers before we bought them.

I’ve been meaning to remedy this situation for years. I have bought a few glass containers in various sizes to replace the plastic, but my collection could definitely use some rounding out before I chuck all the plastic for good. So when Mickey asked if I’d like to give some Wean Green containers a try, I jumped at the opportunity. (Fine; there may not have been any actual jumping, but I did fire off a very prompt “Yes, please!” reply, and that’s close enough, I say.)

Wean Green containers are BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free, and since they’re glass, they’re nonporous and impermeable, too. They’re dishwasher- and freezer-safe, and microwave-safe without the lid. And those lids? They are awesome. They snap tight with easy-to-flip tabs, and there’s a seal around the underside edge that won’t let anything at all seep through. I tried to make these puppies leak, just to test them thoroughly. I couldn’t make it happen in my kitchen, so my guess is nothing’s going to spill out in your purse, either.

The container itself is tempered glass that Wean Green claims is five times stronger than a typical drinking glass. I didn’t run my own tests with the containers I received, but based on this video, these things can take a pretty serious beating without breaking. Given my terrible track record with broken drinking glasses, this is good news for me.

I love that these containers are durable and practical. I love the brightly colored lids. I love that they came to my house packaged only in recyclable paper and cardboard—no plastic whatsoever (aside from the lids). I also love that the company is a member of 1% for the Planet, a coalition of companies that donate 1% of their profits to environmental organizations worldwide. Overall, I give Wean Green a solid thumbs up.

I have only two complaints about Wean Green’s containers, and they are minor ones. First, I wish the containers themselves stacked together neatly. (They do not.) But I suspect you’re just supposed to stack them on top of one another with the lids in place, and maybe people with bigger kitchens and more cupboard space than I have would be just fine with that plan.

My second complaint is actually a benefit—for you! I didn’t thoroughly check the sizes on Wean Green’s website before I agreed to review the containers, so I didn’t realize until I received them that their primary intended use is for baby food storage. I don’t have a baby (and have no plans to acquire one anytime soon), and all but the lunch cube size is too small for most of my leftovers and such. The tubs and snack cubes are still perfect for toting carrot sticks, salad dressing, and portioned-out snacks to work, but for those purposes, I simply don’t need as many small containers as I now have on hand. Hence, this review has now turned into a giveaway as well! Do YOU need some awesome new baby food containers (or a few containers for baby-sized anything else)? If so, I’d love to send you some of the samples Wean Green was kind enough to send to me. Just leave a comment on this post by midnight on April 19, and we’ll throw your name in the hat. (The hat, in this case, is the random number generator, of course.) Good luck!

25 Comments +

  1. This looks like something I could really use as I’m also guilty of holding on to all kinds of ancient plastic containers that I still use for food storage.

    April 12th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    Comment by Ris
  2. I would love to try these!

    April 12th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Comment by Lisa
  3. I try to bring my lunch every day to work and these would come in handy.

    April 12th, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Comment by Erica
  4. I’ve recently started making my own baby food, which is super easy and cheap. My only problem is I don’t have any glass containers to put it in. Glass would be ideal since the food could go right from fridge to microwave to warm up!

    April 12th, 2012 at 11:21 am
    Comment by Amanda Boehle
  5. These look great – I’ll have to give them a try! We still have way too much plastic :(

    April 12th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Comment by Jamie
  6. I’d love to try these, too! I shattered two of my three glass storage containers, and I’m REALLY missing them! With my little guy starting kindergarten in the fall, these would come in handy for school lunches!

    April 12th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    Comment by Lynn
  7. Oh I love these, though truth be told not for baby-food; more for keeping little bits of sauce and such.

    That said, and now I may sound rude, but isn’t lugging around glass jars sort of heavy? I mean, isn’t that why people switched to the plastic ones in the first place?

    April 12th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Comment by AnnaZed
  8. We we we would love to try them!

    April 12th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Comment by Jamie P.
  9. Awesome looking containers! I’d like to give them a try!

    April 12th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    Comment by Ginger
  10. Would love to try these as well… No babies here either, unless you count my dog!

    April 12th, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    Comment by Rob
  11. it would allow me to replace some old plastic mini containers that we have. glass is so much healthier!

    April 12th, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    Comment by helen
  12. I love green products especially for my little ones!

    April 12th, 2012 at 8:52 pm
    Comment by Livivua c
  13. These would be great for lunches! Thanks for the giveaway!

    April 13th, 2012 at 9:56 am
    Comment by Cathy O.
  14. I would love to have these and replace my crappy, cracking plastic containers!

    April 13th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    Comment by Jen Potter
  15. I would love to try these! I just received a glass container similar to these from Pampered Chef to use in my lunch bag at work everyday. I am trying to switch from plastic to glass due to the BPA issue as well.
    Terri

    April 13th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    Comment by Terri
  16. I’d love to pass them along to my sister for her little one, who’s started to learn and love solid foods.

    April 13th, 2012 at 10:52 pm
    Comment by Sara
  17. Count me in, looks intriguing!

    April 14th, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    Comment by Mauri
  18. I could really use some good small glass containers. These looks great!

    April 15th, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    Comment by Alyssa
  19. I feel guilty for having brownies, It helps to feel better when I store them in glass…. I’m sure it’s worth a few calories!

    April 15th, 2012 at 11:42 pm
    Comment by Michelle C
  20. I love tiny glass containers! Seems like I’m always putting a little snack or small part of leftovers into a big container and wishing I had some small ones.

    April 18th, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    Comment by Erin B
  21. I would love to receive these containers to gift to my daughter. My daughter got me into natural products, taught me about BPA (who says kids can’t teach a parent?), and she has three children 4yrs and younger, and i know she would love these containers and put them to great use!

    April 19th, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Comment by Shelly Spears
  22. I would love to try them.

    April 19th, 2012 at 11:55 am
    Comment by -R-
  23. I’ve seen these all over the web and have really wanted to try them before I make an investment. Great post!

    :)

    April 19th, 2012 at 12:07 pm
    Comment by Sam
  24. I would love to try these out!! Just got rid of all my BPA filled Tupperware, so I could really use them!!

    April 19th, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    Comment by Tammy
  25. I think these would be awesome to try and with going to college in a few months I’ll be needing to get some food storage containers.

    April 19th, 2012 at 2:53 pm
    Comment by Olivia

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