Pokeat is an eco-friendly reusable bag that doubles as a lunchbox.
Recently, the unpredictable weather disaster has escalated the unsettling food and water crisis in many countries, particularly in the rural area. The incident has turned into an added burden to the already-scarce food supplies.
In contrast, more and more waste such as plastic is piling up everywhere, which has drastically increased over the last few decades. According to a recent BBC report, the alarming plastic threats have been found “entangling” one-third of the coral reefs worldwide and raised the risk of disease outbreak by 20 times.
One of the reasons for that is due to the excessive use of plastic packaging globally whereby it takes way too long to decompose than manufacturing one. To be specific, 450 years for a regular plastic bottle.
With that in mind, Pokeat is born.
Pokeat is a portable multi-functional bag to hold up your lunch. Designed to be a foldable and versatile bag, the inner lining is made using the eco-friendly TPU material to replace the regular food plastic and styrofoam. Unlike your lunchbox, it doesn’t add bulk to your bag and can be easily kept in any flat pocket, such as in your jacket or jeans.
The cool part is that Pokeat is leak-proof, BPA free, oil resistant, food safe, and heat resistant (up to 248 ˚F) to hold almost any kind of food. Plus, it comes with a set of cutlery in a zipper pouch and has a big capacity of 3L.
Pokeat is machine-washable and microwavable too!
Review and Discussion
To put it short, Pokeat is a reusable plastic bag, period. Remind me of this portable wash bag on Amazon, it resembles 90% of the design and appearance but with an additional inner layer of TPU lining. TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane), in plain English, is a mixture of silicone and plastic, and this rubbery substance features a high elasticity, abrasion resistance, oil & grease resistant, and high shear strength.
Sounds good? Not really.
TPU is often used in the manufacturing of phone cases, footwear, medical devices and many more, but rarely in the food-related field. The idea is simple — the risk of lacking scientific studies to support the claim. Despite being advertised as food-grade and high-temperature resistant, Pokeat is neither proven by lab analysis nor certified by any trusted source. Also, non-toxic not necessarily means a food-grade.
On the other hand, while using it for packaged/solid food like donuts which may still work, it’s way too flimsy for soup/spaghetti. End up, you will need to use a plate/bowl to hold the bag, but hold on a sec, what’s the point of Pokeat then? The lunchbox idea is great, but the impractical and hassle making it an unneeded in most cases. Personally, if I want to use it as a lunchbox, it’s a no; whereas if using it as a plastic bag, I can literally use any bags that do pretty much the same job, right? Alternatively, get a zipper bag like this one for a peace of mind. Also, we have summarized a list of top 5 best lunchboxes on Kickstarter.
Pokeat is now funding on Kickstarter for $12 each. If you think this item is for you, feel free to support their Kickstarter campaign here.
The idea itself is good but is not really realistically feasible for the long term.
- Portable, versatile and eco-friendly
- Microwavable and machine-washable
- Cutlery set included in a pouch
- Heat-resistant and oil-resistant
- Too flimsy for some food, i.e soup and spaghetti.
- TPU food safety concern