Making change at lunchtime
ECOlunchbox was born of the idea that change can begin at lunchtime. I wanted to make a change in how I packed my family’s lunches – to cut out the plastic and do the right thing for our health as well as Mother Earth.
It seemed like a pretty simple concept. So I set out to design a plastic-free line of bentos, bags and food to-go accessories that are healthy for people & planet and sell it to the world to make change lunch by lunch!
Since founding ECOlunchbox as a triple-bottom-line social enterprise in 2009, the business has scaled beyond my initial vision. We've sold more than 225,000 ECOlunchboxes so far and each year through the use of our products the ECOlunchbox community is averting tens of millions of pieces of trash (mostly plastic) from use and disposal.
We are a mission-based social entreprise that uses the capitalist engine to educate and empower people to reduce their dependence on plastics. We're part of the plastic pollution solution.
Whether our customers join our community (by buying our products!) because they are worried about their health, their pocketbook or the planet, it makes no difference to me. A journey towards new habits can begin anywhere.
I am delighted our products have empowered people to say goodbye to plastic at lunchtime! And in providing our earth-friendly containers and accessories as tools to help people green their habits at lunchtime, we’re also opening people's thinking to moving beyond plastic in many other parts of their lives.
Can plastic be trusted?
Before I started ECOlunchbox I worked for more than a decade as an investigative journalist and international humanitarian aid worker, so I knew how to research topics up and down.
Plastic was a pretty confusing topic to research and there didn’t seem to be conclusive evidence that using any of the stuff was a safe bet. After all, plastics (even the BPA-free varieties) are made from mixture of petrochemicals mixed with a variety of other chemicals that are generally estrogen mimicking and disruptive to human hormonal health.
Since I started my research on plastics safety many years ago, news and views on plastics have changed and mainstream consumers are now finally aware of the perils of plastic. It continues to be my opinion that the safest bet is to steer clear of plastics as much as possible rather than try to figure out which plastics, if any, might be “safe.”
All yum - no yuck lunchware
The plastic-free lunchware line I've come up with is built to last using traditional, non-toxic materials: stainless steel, cotton, and plastic-free silicone.
I hope you and your family enjoy celebrating lunchtime with ECOlunchbox. After all, our lunchware solutions are healthy for people, planet and your pocketbook. What could taste better than that?
Thank you for joining us in making change at lunchtime by choosing to refuse plastic and use healthier alternatives.
Sandra Ann Harris, Founder