Review: Cuppow canning jar drinking lids and BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor #holidaygiftguide

This year I started doing my own canning. So far I’ve made and canned chilli jam, fig jam, and muscadine grape jelly. It’s a great and delicious way to use up your surplus produce. What to do with all the empty mason jars afterwards can be a conundrum. But I have an obsession with reusable containers, especially reusable drink cups (probably related to my coffee addiction?). Upcycling my empty canning jars into a travel mug or lunch containers is an easy, eco-friendly solution! Cuppow sent me two of their canning jar lids and their BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor to review.

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About:

Cuppow products are one hundred percent American-made. The company is founded on the goal to reduce environmental impact, both in their own production and supply chain, and through the use of their reusable products. Their durable products are made from food-grade polypropylene and free of BPA, phthalates, and BPS. The minimal recyclable packaging is made from recycled materials.

The Cuppow’s jar drinking lid is available for regular or wide mouth mason jars. Use it for your water, juice, tea, and coffee, and eliminate waste in the process. The newer version is now designed to fit straws (the original does not).

The BNTO jar lunchbox adaptor is a six-ounce container that sits down inside of a wide mouth canning jar and allows you to take both wet and dry ingredients with you on the go. Grab your mason jar and use it for a yogurt parfait, salad with dressing, carrot sticks and ranch, celery and peanut butter, cereal and milk, etc. The list goes on!

Both the drinking lid and lunchbox adaptor are dishwasher safe and available in a variety of colors.

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Our Experiences:

I kept the wide-mouth canning jar lid for myself and gave the narrow-mouth lid to a friend. Her kids love using it to drink water, and she’s received several compliments at church, when she took the Cuppow along with her. My friend has mentioned that when she drinks from her jar and Cuppow, her nose touches the little air hole on the lid, so she has to tilt the jar to the side while drinking. I guess that is a long-nose-person problem, because it doesn’t happen to me!

The first time I used my Cuppow lid for coffee, the jar did get really hot, so I’m planning on crocheting a little jar cozy for my mason jar. If you don’t sew or crotchet, you could make a no-sew cozy with fleece. Cut out a piece that will fit neatly around your jar. Then cut the ends of the fabric into little tabs that you can tie together. You could also make a fabric cozy that snaps around your jar. If you don’t fancy making your own cozy, the Cuppow website sells a jar insulator that stretches to fit different sizes of jars. A quick search on Etsy for “jar cozy” or “jar cozie” will bring up dozens of handmade cozies of all different types, colors, and designs.

Yesterday evening, I carried my Cuppow and jar with me when we were running some errands. I had knit gloves on, because it was cold outside, and that actually worked perfectly with the bare glass jar. The heat from the coffee warmed my hands, and the gloves kept me from being burned. I actually really like to use my Cuppow for drinking water. I don’t know what the science is behind it (something to do with how glass conduces heat…), but it seems that the jar keeps my water cooler longer than my plastic bottles, especially if I put the jar in the fridge first.

I haven’t had the opportunity to take the BNTO with me yet outside of our home, but I love the concept. The BNTO is designed for a large, wide-mouth glass jar. My large jars are all regular-mouth. The photo immediately below shows you the general idea, though. The BNTO is sitting in the wide-mouth jar in the left, but unfortunately the jar’s a little small for what I want to do. I could still probably use it for a nuts/yogurt combo or something with a similar proportion. The large jar on the right is filled with arugula, and you can see how a little BNTO filled with salad dressing can sit nicely on top of the lettuce, inside the jar. Unfortunately, since it’s a narrow-mouth jar, I can’t put the BNTO in there. I need to get a big wide-mouth jar!

Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress

Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
Regular-mouth Cuppow lid
 Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
Wide-mouth Cuppow lid
 Cuppow and BNTO- upcycle your canning jars. Find out how on My Life: A Work in Progress
He approves.

Visit Cuppow online to see their products. Use their store locator to find their products in a store near you, or purchase online. You can also follow Cuppow on Twitter and Facebook. Check their Facebook page to see all sorts of ways people have used their lids and BNTO.

What would you use your Cuppow lid/jar or BNTO lunchbox for? Where would you take it?

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Giveaway Hop: Joel the Recycled Monkey, 10/29-11/12 #ditchdisposable

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Welcome to the Ditch the Disposables Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green.

This giveaway hop is dedicated to all the wonderful, reusable products available. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to offer you some great giveaways of reusable products so you can… ditch the disposables! Be sure to hop around to all the blogs involved on the linky below and don’t miss the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize worth $320!

Here on My Life: A Work in Progress, one winner is going to score their very own Joel the Recycled Monkey (RV $39) from MailaMonkey.com. Recycled from plastic bottles, Joel the Recycled Monkey is the perfect happy companion for everyone from three year olds to grandmas. Did you know that in the U.S., two million plastic bottles are used every ten minutes? But less than 30 percent of plastic bottles are ever recycled. Not only did Joel keep 10 plastic bottles out of a landfill, but he can also be recycled at the end of his life! Not only that, but Joel and his buddies at Mail a Monkey arrive to your mailbox in a reusable clear tube. Read review HERE.

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If you agree to the Terms and Conditions listed directly below, enter the giveaway using the Giveaway Tools widget. After you’ve done that, please scroll down to the end of this post and check out all the other blogs participating in this hop. Each blog has a designated giveaway.

Terms & Conditions: Sweepstakes open to residents of the US. Must be 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. Two entrants allowed per household. Odds of winning depend on total number of eligible entries received. Once winner has been selected and emailed, winner will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be selected. Winner’s first name and last initial will be posted on this blog and other social media and Web sites. My Life: A Work in Progress is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Sweepstakes not associated with Facebook or any other social media platform. Entrance into the sweepstakes indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  Compensated Pink Opinions Expressed Pink Button   Good luck on ditching the disposables – now increase your odds of winning the best reusable products by entering more giveaways in the hop, including the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize!   ditchdisposablegp   This prize includes a $50 Gift Certificate to Glass Dharma, glass straws handmade in the USA, and a Softbums Cloth Diaper Starter Kit {includes a wet bag, 3 shells, and 6 inserts! You’ll also find the new Merry & Bright Tote Collection from SnapSac resuable bags, a $50 GC to Lunapads.com, and a roll of 12 Unpaper Towels from TheUnpaperTowel.com!  

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CLOSED Giveaway: Glass Dharma glass straws, 9/15-10/4

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Sponsor: Glass Dharma

Host: Living Frugal in Georgia

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Glass Dharma is a company that truly believes in helping the environment. Their glass straws are made right here in the USA and are warranted against breakage. This does not mean there will never be a flaw in their design. Read here what happened when Rachel from Living Frugal in Georgia received a glass straw from Glass Dharma that had a crack in it.

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One winner will receive a $25 e-gift certificate by email to use at glassdharma.com. Ends October 4 at 11:59 EST Open to 50 US, D.C. and Canada 18+ Use the Giveaway Tool application below to enter.

Note: This blog was not compensated to post this giveaway and is not responsible for prize delivery. The sponsor is responsible for prize delivery. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social network. This giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by email. They will then have 24 hours to respond. If the said winner does not respond in 24 hours another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. If you have any questions please contact Rachel at rachelralston@livingfrugalinga.com
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