Frequently Asked Questions
INKA was inspired by the 1970's “Tupperware party” approach to kitchenware– the belief that there should be joy in beautiful everyday items and that good things should last.
We’re re-introducing these values while helping you eat well, make sustainable choices and, of course, bring some fun into your kitchen.
Quality over quantity.
You don’t need a lot of stuff, you just need the good stuff. We think one good product can replace three or four bad ones, and that the stuff you use should last longer than two years. So we’ve used the best quality materials out there to make a product that’s going to work as hard and as long as you do.
You don’t need a nutritionist to tell you there’s no one right way to eat. Whatever it is that you need or want— vegan, paleo, last week’s leftovers— we’re here for it. We believe everyone should eat what makes them feel best, which is different for everyone! You do you.
You’re in charge. You should know what goes into your body and what goes into the stuff you buy. We’re here to help you make the food that makes you feel good and bring it to work in the way you want.
We started Inka to help people reduce plastic waste in the workplace, but we didn’t stop there. We researched companies and factories before working with them, looking for the most sustainable, long-lasting materials, fully recyclable packaging, and for factories that treat people how we’d want to be treated.
Glad you asked! Our napkins are GOTS-certified organic cotton and the amazing team who makes them are WRAP, SEDEX and AEON certified. Our Tritan Copolyester is certified BPA-free and EA-free.
We’re also working with a sustainability consulting firm (Go Well Consulting) to make sure that we’re always doing our best and headed towards bigger and better goals
Brooklyn, New York USA.
Food Containers — We offer small, medium, and large Food Containers in a variety of bundles for food storage at home and meals on-the-go. Say goodbye to Mom's old takeout containers.
Sauce Pot — A long-lasting, leakproof pot for dressings & condiments. Carry in your Food Containers or on it’s own.
Silverware — A three piece set in brushed gold. Classy enough for a Thanksgiving dinner, yet light enough for meals on-the-go.
The Lunch Kit — A stylish food carrier for meal time on-the-go that comes complete with 1 Small Food Container, 1 Medium Food Container, 1 Sauce Pot, 2 Napkins, 1 set of silverware, and a short and long strap. Everything you need for dining al desko or al fresco.
Napkins —Reusable Napkins sold in a 2-piece set. The paper towel's older, cooler, and greener cousin.
Gift Cards — An e-gift card for when you can’t decide what to get them. There's nothing like the gift of good foodware.
The Bag — Say goodbye to those embarrassing neoprene food bags, because your snacks deserve better. The Bag is perfect for those who already own our other foodware accessories.
Baby Food Containers — Food Container bundles for your little ones. Snack time is about to get a whole lot easier.
The Hat — Live the good lunch life in the iconic INKA Hat.
The Puzzle — An INKA-themed puzzle to relax the mind after meal time.
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Are there still lunches to be made, meals to be prepped and leftovers to be stored? Then yes, there are more products to come! Stay tuned for new product launches and/or feel free to reach out with product requests at email@example.com
Because sustainability is our middle name, we’re big believers in reusing existing products. If you already have a great food storage option that meets all your needs, then it’s better to keep existing products in use for longer. Don’t worry, we’ll be here when you need us.
If you are contemplating an upgrade to elevated foodware solutions like ours, you can be sure of your decision to ditch your current containers if they:
- Include toxic materials
- Leak often making eating well on-the-go hard
- Come in sizes/shapes that take up lots of room and make it difficult to store food or take it to-go.
Other things to consider include what behaviors your foodware encourages - if you find yourself throwing out food because you have no way to store it or relying on old takeout containers that break after a few uses and leach toxic elements into your food, that’s a good indicator it’s time for INKA.
We designed The Bag for dining on-the-go after learning the hard way that bringing lunch is much more difficult - and oftentimes messier - than it needs to be. Some good reasons to upgrade your brought-from-home meal game include:
- Your current bag makes you embarrassed to pull out at the office, which results in you buying takeout more than you need to - meaning you produce unnecessary waste.
- You have a long commute and find it hard to carry your food or your bag doesn’t keep food cool during your commute.
- Your lunch bag is porous and hard to clean. Alternatively, you don’t have a bag at all and are using something single-use each day to carry your food.
- You find bringing food on flights, hikes, or to the office hard and opt for takeout instead.
Our products are made with love by our makers in Shenzhen and Jaipur. We visited makers on 4 different continents before making a decision that met both our ethical and sustainable standards, without compromising on quality.
Congrats on elevating your lunch experience!
-> For your old food containers, make sure to recycle or donate those that are in good condition.
-> For plastic bags, we recommend that you give them to a local charity (like a food bank) if they can't be recycled.
Remember, recycling takes up a lot of energy so it's better to keep items "in use" before getting rid of them.
We were worried about the same thing. That's why we created brand new, patent-pending leakproof technology that’s the best stuff on the market. For real. Because we want your lunch to look good with your outfit, not on your outfit.
To ensure your Food Containers don't leak. Make sure the gaskets are installed correctly! Click here to download our care guide.
All of our products are cruelty free and vegan, except for our Napkins which are sustainably made with silk produced by silk worms. All materials used for the bag are 100% vegan.
Yes, the materials we chose for Lunch Kit create a naturally insulating outer shell! Your food will hold the temperature it was at when you put it in the Bag for a minimum of 2 hours. If you need to keep food cooler for longer, we recommend slipping in an ice pack or dropping it into the fridge when you get to work.
Why is there no built in ice pack?
After speaking with over 800 professionals about their lunch routines, we found that most people stick their lunch straight in the office fridge, so adding built-in ice packs would be unnecessary and only make the bag heavier. You can still slip in one of your own or, alternatively, drop your Lunch Kit in the fridge when you arrive at work— the whole thing is fridge-friendly! And you can bask in the knowledge that it’ll outshine any other lunch bag there (unless someone else also has a Lunch Kit).
Oh boy, we know that the world has way too much plastic. So with our sustainability consultants at Go Well Consulting, we did a deep dive on how production and materials were impacting the environment, within the foodware industry. We learned that it's not plastic that's bad— it's the way we are using it.
Before plastics became abused as ‘single-use’ resource, they were actually a highly valuable, sustainable material, because their durability meant they stayed in-use for the longest amount of time when compared to other materials. For example, if you look at the interior of your car, there’s a ton of plastic on there, but it’s used in a sustainable long-lasting way and isn’t an environmental threat.
Go Well Consulting helped us feel more comfortable in using a form of plastic instead of glass, especially when we compared the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of both materials. Research told us that plastic is much more successfully recycled than glass and metal, and emits less carbon during transport– so when used forever it was kinder on the planet. Yep– we were surprised too!
From a usability perspective, we found most people were struggling to ditch their single-use foodware because the metal options couldn't be microwaved and the glass options were too heavy for on-the-go (they're also terrible for carbon emissions during transport, due to their weight).
We didn’t want to settle for any plastic, however. We spent 3 years researching the right material and were lucky to find Tritan Copolyester, the most sustainable plastic out there. This US-made material lasts for years; it is commonly used for luxury blenders like the Vitamix and in the medical industry. It’s BPA-free and FDA approved– even for use in baby bottles. It’s 3 x the cost of glass and 5 x the cost of regular plastics,, which is why most foodware brands aren't using it, but we used it anyway.
Oh, and at end of its life, our Tritan Copolyester is fully recyclable (#7).
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100% and more! We use Tritan by Eastman Copolyester, which doesn’t contain any BPA, BPS or bisphenols. It’s also free of any other estrogenic or androgenic activity. Super safe for you, your kids, your dog or anyone else you’re feeding. Third party tested so you can be sure of it.
Yup! Our Containers are safe for so much. Microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer— the whole shebang
Probably, but it depends on the size of your tote! Our designers created The Lunch Kit with larger everyday work bags in mind. Super thin, so it slides in like a laptop. Bag dimensions are 200mm height x 75 depth x 220 width.
The Lunch Kit is super easy to clean! We recommend wiping down the interior with a sponge, soap and some warm water. For deep cleaning you can even use a little bleach- it won't harm the materials. For more info on cleaning, download our care guide and read all about it.
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Yes! After weighing the options with our sustainability consultants, we decided to ship our products in a 100% thick, paper card. Here’s why:
If products don’t make it to the customer without defects, they typically get returned and the product goes straight to landfill. Plastic is (unfortunately!) very good at getting things to people in like-new condition. That’s why you’ll often see products - especially in the kitchenware space - wrapped in a thin sleeve of plastic or foam bag to prevent scratches and bangs in transit.
But because we’re committed to fighting against single-use plastics plastic and foam packaging wasn’t an option for us. Therefore we opted for wrapping each product in a recyclable thick paper card. It offers the durability of plastic at a much lower cost to the environment.
We tried a method of packing all the Food Containers in one box to cut down our footprint even further. But after 8 drop tests, we found that the product wouldn’t withstand the handling by UPS and Fedex.
We know that any packaging is too much packaging for Mother Earth, but it is currently the best option we have to get our products safely to customers. We continue to assess the sustainability of our logistics, products and packaging, and if you have any ideas we’d love to hear them email@example.com.
Our Bag is made of silicone leather with a microfiber exterior. Silicone Leather (commonly used for the upholstery on luxury yachts) is vegan and made to withstand 10 years of salt spray and storms. It's never been used on a fashion accessory before — it's 3x as expensive as leather, but 10x better for the environment. For more info on The Bag materials, check out the details here. Or if you’d like to learn about the whole Lunch Kit, click here.
The Food Containers
After two years of extensive research, determined to solve all your Food Container problems, we chose Tritan copolyester – safe and light enough to travel with, but also durable enough for a lifetime of at-home food storage. Tritan is known as the "Rolls Royce" of plastics, and is FDA approved (even for babies) by Eastman, the only company that third party tests its material. For more info on Tritan and why we used it, check out the details here. Curious why we didn’t use glass? Scroll up to read that question!
We value transparency - especially when it comes to pricing. And when it comes to The Lunch Kit, the majority of the cost lies in The Bag itself, which retails at $210. This price is lower than average for a leather good, but higher than average for a lunch bag. That’s because of the type of material we use - silicone leather.
In our 3 years of product development, our hearts were set on a leather-like solution, so that the kit would be elevated enough for the office and durable enough for the outdoors. But we soon realized that the leather industry was tricky from a sustainability standpoint. The only two materials available to make ‘leather’ bags were animal leathers and synthetic PU/PVC ones. Neither would work by our standards.
That’s when we stumbled upon silicone leather, a tech material never before used for bags because of its exorbitant price (8x that of animal leather). Previously, it had only been used for upholstery on luxury yachts. So we said bon voyage to our margins and used it anyway! Why? Because we were determined to create a foodware solution that could be passed down for generations - one that unlike its neoprene and nylon counterparts, would never see the inside of a landfill.
We get that the price point is higher than other foodware solutions. But you get what you pay for. Do the math- if you’re preparing and transporting food everyday (or trying to), investing in a long-lasting solution that makes you feel good and inspires you to eat well is worth it. Not to mention the service you’d be doing the planet by reducing your carbon footprint.
If you’re not ready to commit to The Lunch Kit, we offer all its components individually, so you can purchase all that comes inside it for less than $50, and go for The Bag when you’re ready.
The Lunch Kit — 21oz • 9.1 x 7.5 x 3’
Food Container Large — 5.4 x 8.3in. • 25.15 fl oz capacity
Food Container Medium — 8.6oz • 5.4 x 5.4in. • 17.04 fl oz capacity
Food Container Small — 4.6oz • 5.4 x 2.7in. • 7.5 fl oz capacity
Sauce Pot — 1.1oz • 1.8x1.8” • 30ml or 1oz capacity
Knife — 6.5” • 0.9oz
Fork — 6.3” • 0.8oz
Spoon — 6.1” • 1.1oz
Napkins — 25.4x 25.4cm or 10 x 10"
Short answer: not likely, but beware the turmeric. Long answer: because we use Tritan copolyester, a medical grade tech-material used in high-end appliances like the Vitamix blender, our Containers are very stain-resistant. They don’t absorb colors/oils as easily as other containers because they are non-porous. Tomato-based sauces, for example, don’t stain our Containers with regular use.
That said, with ingredients like curry powder and turmeric, there is potential for staining if left in our Containers for 3+ days. We recommend storing these foods for a short period of time and hand washing with warm, soapy water.
Payments & Gifting
We’re sorry to say that we don’t currently accept afterpay or any other buy-now-pay-later options. We do, however, accept Paypal, GPay, and ShopPay.
Yes we do! All our products are gift wrapped and we also sell Gift Cards.
Yes of course, you can add a gift message during check out.
100%. No printed receipts are included with your order (you know, to save the trees).
Yes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number to process a return or exchange! Please be aware that all exchanges and returns cost a $15 shipping and restocking fee.
Press, Sales & Partnerships
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Shipping, Returns, and Exchanges
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