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About Bentology

Bentology Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to create fun, practical food containers and user guides that promote better nutrition and waste reduction.

Company Background

Obentec, Inc., established in February 2002 by Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring, manufactures reusable lunch containers and lunch accessories, and publishes books aimed at improving family nutrition and reducing waste. In the fall of 2002, Obentec launched its first product, Laptop Lunches, which provides parents with the tools they need to pack nutritious, waste-free lunches for their school-age children. The Laptop Lunch product is made up of two components: a versatile, kid-friendly reusable lunch container, and a book of creative lunch-making ideas, The Laptop Lunch User's Guide: Fresh Ideas For Making Wholesome, Earth-friendly Lunches Your Kids Will Love.

In the summer of 2003, Obentec introduced the Laptop Lunch insulated carrying case and water bottle, and launched the complete Laptop Lunch System, which includes the Laptop Lunch with all containers and utensils, the Laptop Lunch User's Guide, the insulated carrying case, and water bottle. Later that year, an ice pack was also introduced. Obentec was founded in response to what the two Santa Cruz moms observed at their children's schools: lunchboxes packed with prepackaged lunch items or with food packed in disposable baggies, plastic wrap, wax paper, or foil--virtually all bound for the landfill. At the same time, the nation was becoming more aware of the risks associated with childhood obesity, yet at schools across the county, many children are still eating lunches made from foods that lead to obesity. Tammy and Amy soon discovered that adults too were interested in their stylish, waste-free Laptop Lunches for work, school, and for travel.

Values & Beliefs

At Obentec we measure our success not only by the quality of the products and services we offer, but also by the opportunities we provide our employees, the respect we have for the natural environment, and the role we play in making our community a better place to live.

Quality, Innovative Products

  • Obentec adheres to the highest standards possible
  • We make quality control a priority.
  • We offer superior customer support.
  • All of our products are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Respect for the Natural Environment

  • Obentec products help families, schools, and communities reduce waste.
  • Our company policy requires all paper products to be made from a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Obentec offers earth-friendly packaging alternatives for all products.
  • We use salvaged packing materials and office equipment and supplies whenever possible.
  • We purchase recyclable materials whenever possible.
  • Our plastic products are stamped with recycle codes for efficient materials sorting.
  • We purchase shade-grown, fair trade coffee and organic milk for our offices.
  • We reduce as much as possible and compost and recycle whatever we can.

Community Involvement & Support

  • Obentec donates auction items and raffle prizes to school and community fundraisers.
  • We provide discounted products for school fundraisers.
  • We conduct workshops on nutrition and waste reduction.
  • We're members of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce.
  • We support Green Drinks. Please attend a Green Drinks gathering near you!