Our Story, ECOlunchbox Mission-Based, Plastic-Free Lunchbox Company
ECOlunchbox was born of the idea that change can begin at lunchtime. I wanted to eliminate plastic from my kids' lunchboxes to reduce their exposure to leachy toxins commonly found in plastics as well as do the right thing for 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 400,000 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 enterprise that uses the capitalist engine to educate and empower people to reduce their dependence on plastics. We design, build and put to market tools for change at lunchtime. ECOlunchbox is 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 tens of thousands of families 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.
Do you trust plastic is safe?
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 do in-depth research.
Researching plastics safety was tougher than I expected. Plastics manufacturers are secretive about their formulas and science around the effects of the chemicals used in the petroleum-based material was still emerging in 2009. It became very clear to me that there were a lot of concerning questions regarding whether plastic was really safe and whether we could count on our government to tell us if it wasn't. I didn't want my kids' foods stored in plastic. I didn't want their hands touching plastic wrappers and containers and then putting food with those same hands into their mouths. It just seemed better to reduce their exposure as much as possible due to the likely health risks and the damaging effects that plastic has on our environment.
Since I started my research on plastics safety many years ago, news and views on plastics have changed and mainstream consumers are now finally very 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.”
ECOlunchboxes are extra yummy
The plastic-free lunch ware 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 lunch ware 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