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My REPURPOSED Story

My REPURPOSED Story

From old fire hoses to fishing nets, vinyl billboards to bowling alley floors, Repurposed Materials sells all sorts of cast-off industrial goods. It’s the ultimate old-fashioned green business -- selling something that would otherwise end up in the landfill, finding new uses for items at the end of their lives. 
Single-Use Plastic Straws Reusable Zero Waste Living

Why Are Straws Big News?

Billions of tons of plastic pollution litter our oceans, from plastic bags to fast-food containers. Recently, a photo of a turtle injured by a plastic straw has attracted  a groundswell of support for the plastic-pollution revolution. Was this 2015 video the catalyst for the movement of plastic straw activism in 2018?
Let's Celebrate & Protect Our Seas

Let's Celebrate & Protect Our Seas

In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, let’s re-commit to being part of the movement to build a more sustainable future. As Jacques-Yves Cousteau once compellingly said, “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

How To Throw A Zero Waste BBQ Tips

How To Throw A Zero Waste BBQ

Let’s be real. It’s almost impossible to throw a totally zero waste BBQ or party. But hosting one that’s (nearly) zero waste is actually pretty easy. I attempted my first zero waste BBQ five years ago. Since then, all my parties and hosted gatherings have followed suit.
Dogs on the Go Eco Style

Dogs on the Go: Eco Style

A green upgrade for all your pet’s necessities is easier than it looks. Start with your dog’s “closet.” Next time your pup needs a new collar, leash, etc., make sure it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly. And eco-chic stylish, of course.
Egg-cellent, Indoor Gardening

Egg-cellent, Indoor Gardening!

Ready  to start your spring planting? Try this fun project starting seeds indoors in egg shells and then burying the eggs with their seedlings outside in your garden. 
Growing Your Community Garden

Growing Your Community Garden

Janet Thomas, a founder of the Lafayette Community Garden shares how this successful community garden got started.
The Six ‘R’s of Spring Cleaning

The Six ‘R’s of Spring Cleaning

Roll up your eco-sleeves and let’s explore some non-toxic tips and tricks to keep your kitchen tools in tip top condition.
My Story Began At Lunchtime

My Story Began At Lunchtime

ECOlunchbox founder, Sandra Ann Harris, on her ECOluncbox journey and the importance of plastic-free living. My inspiration came from my desire to upgrade my own kids’ lunchboxes!
Eco Dogs on the Go

Eco Dogs on the Go

Here are a few eco-friendly pet tips and tricks to help make your next walk in the park or trekking trip healthier for you, your canine companion, and our planet.
Spruce Up Your Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Cleaning Tips for Zero-Wasters

Springtime is the right time to slip a few more no-plastic tricks up your eco-sleeve, especially when it comes to spring cleaning in your eco kitchen. Let’s tune up your zero-waste toolkit!

Sowing Seeds for a Community Garden

Sowing Seeds for a Community Garden

Advice from a California community garden founder on how to find land and raise funds, along with how to prepare for planting! Several dozen dirty gardening gloves are clipped to the wire fence with clothespins at the Lafayette Community Garden located in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Ready to Get a Jump on Spring

Ready to Get a Jump on Spring?

Here are some fun ideas to get spring in your step before Mother Nature turns the corner. Warmer weather is around the corner, so let’s get in the swing of spring.
Sharon Rowe

Eco-Bags’s CEO says: Go Tiny, Be Mighty

Our friend Sharon Rowe started Eco-Bags Products in 1989 to address the problem of wasteful, single-use plastic bags. She introduced reusable bags as an alternative--so we can all just say no to single-use plastics. 
Let Your Pickiest Eater Pick

Let Your Pickiest Eater Pick!

We understand that your child’s tastes change. That’s why we’ve put together some quick and easy lunch ideas that offer a wealth of variations to give picky eaters the power to choose from the five food groups for the perfect balanced lunch.
Happy Camper Plastic Activists

Happy Camper Plastic Activists!

Kristal Ambrose, founder of the Bahamas Plastic Movement, shares about the fun and educational youth camp that she has started up to inspire the next generation to be mindful of plastic and part of preventing this massive pollution.
2017 Year in Review - What's Next

2017 Year in Review - What's Next?

We got some good news for the New Year! Hello 2018! Because of you, our ECOlunchbox community, we continue to make a positive impact on the planet! This is big! Our mission is to reduce plastic use and we're doing it.
Making Waves, Making Change With Our MyStory Eco Heroes

Making Waves, Making Change With Our #MyStory Eco Heroes

We invite you to get inspired by reading our blog about the uplifting journeys of everyday environmentalists. Their stories can embolden us to jump into change making ourselves.
DIY Bath Salts

DIY Bath Salts

Make this bath salts recipe and put in a gifty tinLately, my kids and I can’t get enough of our ...
Eco Beautiful Girls Gift Guide

Eco Beautiful Girls Gift Guide

Get into the holiday spirit with these natural ideas for gifts and holiday/pajama party fun!
Gifts for Green Exercise Buffs

Gifts for Green Exercise Buffs

Here's a stand-out wishlist of green workout gear for your friend who wants to get fit without breaking a sweat about their impact on the environment.
Ocean Lovers at Play Gift Guide

Ocean Lovers at Play Gift Guide

For an ocean lover, a trip to the coast is always invigorating and inspiring. This landscape is ...
Zero Waste Shopping With Reusable Steel Containers Tips by ECOlunchbox

Zero Waste Shopping "Prep-Overs"

Make your next shopping trip relatively painless and waste free with some careful planning ahead. Stainless steel food containers with tare weights etched on the bottom, like Blue Water Bentos by ECOlunchbox, are a great way to skip plastic tubs and bags. This is one our zero waste shopping tips.
Green Gift Guides

Green Gift Guides

Shopping for thoughtful, eco-friendly gifts can be a tough mission, so we've put together some gr...
Green Gifts for Adventurers

Green Gifts for Adventurers

Keep it green in the great outdoors! Eco-adventurers, hikers, and tree huggers will all love these select gift ideas to take along on their journeys. 
Plastic Mountain: A Journey Through Time With The Hmong

Plastic Mountain: A Journey Through Time With The Hmong

When we headed up in the mountains on the northern border of Vietnam, the last thing on my mind w...
Gifts for Cyclists

Gifts for Cyclists

Cyclists love to accessorize, from practical bike-centric fittings to ultra-neon apparel. Here’s a shortlist of high-tech green garb and gear for your bike-loving friends—and yourself. 
Make Your Halloween Boo-tifully Healthy and Eco-Friendly

Make Your Halloween Boo-tifully Healthy and Eco-Friendly!

Featured Image Photo Credit: Natural Earth Paint If the waste and sugar overload of typical Hallo...
Eating Greenly On Campus

Eating Greenly On Campus

A College Sophomore’s Top Tips For Healthy, Sustainable Eating At College Editor’s Note: This is ...
My Story: Cooking Up a Cure with Hoda

My Story: Cooking Up a Cure with Hoda

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we've invited our friend and cancer survivor Hod...
Nature at Night on Tomales Bay

Nature at Night on Tomales Bay

Photo by Tim King courtesy of Blue Waters Kayaking Celebrating the Wonders of Bioluminescence in ...
Teen Environmental Activist Makes a Difference in Her Community by Organizing a Fundraiser for Climate Change Awareness

Want Students to Be Environmental Activists? Then Step Back and Let Them Lead!

Environmental teen activist, Zella Lobo, shows how one young person can make a difference by leading and participating in youth-led climate change awareness programs in her city.
Green Dorm Room Ideas for Eco-Friendly Students

Going Green On Campus

A sophomore at the University of Virginia shares her tips and tricks. When I moved away from home to attend college, I knew that I wanted to continue to live a more conscious, green lifestyle. At first the obstacles seemed overwhelming. With some practice, I developed some strategies that have helped me reduce my waste and my carbon footprint. It took about four to six months to get the routine down, but I went from not being sure how to get started in my new environment to establishing some easy, simple behaviors that help me live greener on campus. They also help me save a lot of money…a big win for any college student.
The Wheels on My Bike Go Round & Round

The Wheels on My Bike Go Round & Round!

Learn How To Prepare For Safe Biking Back To School Pump up your tires! Adjust the chain. Grease ...
Save Money on Back to School Shopping

Back To School Shopping Tips To Shop Green & Save Green ($$)

The old adage “out with the old, in with the new” carries a hefty price when it comes to back to ...
Four Ways To Love Your Bees

Four Ways To Love Your Bees

The humble bee has defied classic aerodynamics, baffling scientists with the “paradox of the bumb...