By Mia Taylor
Goodbye plastic, hello eco-friendly containers! 🌱
I’m so excited, I just had to share my latest sustainable living and travel discovery – eco-lunch boxes and storage containers. I just received them in the mail today from ECOlunchbox, and here’s why it’s a big deal. ECOlunchbox’s mission is to help people reduce their use and disposal of plastic food containers by creating non-toxic, plastic-free lunch boxes that are healthy for people and the planet.
The company has sold 385,000 of these nifty little eco-friendly lunch boxes to date, which translates into offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from 5.4 million miles driven by passenger vehicles in one year (according to an EPA greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator). Looked at another way, via the same calculator, those 385,000 eco-friendly lunch boxes in use translates into annually offsetting the CO2 emissions from 2.5 million pounds of coal burned. Woohoo for ECOlunchboxes!
Here’s to Your Health
But here’s another reason why these containers are so important – they are healthier for you and your family. Food stored in plastic containers and vinyl lunchboxes can become contaminated when it comes into contact with the containers. What’s more, when handling plastic containers and synthetic lunchboxes, you are touching plastics and your food, introducing plastics into your mouth, says ECOlunchboxes. ECOlunchbox allow you to store food in a much safer manner, ditching plastic tubs, plastic baggies, pre-packaged cheese sticks, yogurt squeezies, wrapped cookies and food bars.
Save the Sea Turtles
And if all of that isn’t great enough – a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of these fab, healthy and environmentally friendly containers goes to help protect baby sea turtles. 🐢 $1 from every purchase is donated to BillionBabyTurtles – an organization focused on saving turtle hatchlings through its partner turtle conservation organizations. For those not aware, six out of seven species of sea turtles around the world are endangered or threatened due to poaching, getting caught in fishing gear, plastic pollution, and many other reasons.
What does any of this have to do with travel?
In case it’s not obvious, a cleaner planet, and cleaner oceans, not polluted by plastic, will be much better for everyone,and for your future vacations.
As the ECOlunchboxes site notes, we all impact the planet by the decisions we make day to day, from how many miles we drive, to how many lights we use. Reducing waste by using these eco-friendly, reusable containers is one of many strategies that help reduce your environmental footprint.
Let’s all say it again, shall we? Goodbye plastic!