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Founder, Janet Cho holding a Stöh insulated lunch tote

Thank you for taking the time to discover Milkdot!
Hello, my name is Janet Cho, the owner and designer here at Milkdot.

Every idea usually starts with a problem. Mine began years ago, when I started looking for a lunch bag for my son but couldn't find one that seemed good.

What I did find were inexpensive generic lunch bags in big box stores but those fell apart quickly. I found neoprene ones that smelled toxic (which by the way is off-gassing VOC's or Volatile Organic Compounds). Others were too feminine and looked like purses. Some were too heavy and bulky. And as much as I love animated films, I've never been a fan of products covered with princesses or superheroes. 

With a background in graphic design and prior experience running a product design company, I decided to design a lunch bag. During the process, I soon encountered a second problem that I wasn't expecting. I never realized a bag could be a dangerous product because of the materials! Suddenly, I was faced with researching: what is PVC? What is BPA? What are phthalates? What materials contain lead? It was a shocking wake up call that all these toxins could be present in a lunch bag!

I really wanted to design a product that could fulfill the things that I love: minimal design, color and functionality. But, if I was going to do this, I knew that I had to make it my priority to use non-toxic materials. 

While thinking about the company name, two simple words came to mind and I thought about what each word meant to me:

milk: children, nourishment for all ages, wholesome, pure, clean

dot: each one of us can make a positive impact by the choices we make every day

milkdot embodies my love for minimal clean design for the young at heart + a deep respect for the world God has given us, with a responsibility to only make what is "good" (products that will always use safe, non-toxic materials). 

By purchasing a Milkdot product, I'm forever grateful because your choice says these things are important to you too.

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