You’ve heard it so many times: Don’t heat or store food or drinks in plastic. But did you ever stop to think about why? It’s pretty simple: Most plastics contain phthalates like BPA, which mess up our hormones and are suspected to cause cancer. Especially when they’re warmed—whether it’s in the microwave or because of hot food inside—plastic containers leach these phthalates into food. Not good!
Still, you need to be able heat and store food and drinks safely—even on the go. So what’s the solution? Enter UKonserve, an amazing new line of durable, waste free silicone-enhanced glass storage boxes and water bottles—perfect for the fridge or lunchbox!
On average, a school-age child with disposable lunches generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year. A waste free lunch saves $216 per child per year! UKonserve was started by two entrepreneurial moms who were shocked by the amount of waste their families created. They set out to create waste free products designed to reduce the amount of food-packaging trash that ends up in our landfills and oceans every year.
Utilizing non-toxic and non-leaching materials—including recycled cotton and a fabric made from recycled water bottles—UKonserve waste free products are independently tested to be free of BPA, phthalates and lead. And they offer everything for lunches, baby bags, travel, picnics, takeout, salad bars, refrigerator storage and more! Even if you lose a lid, they offer replacements—and will replace it for free if it’s damaged.
Need a stainless steel straw—or a brush to clean it? Tired of toting home your produce in a plastic bag that ends up in the trash? With shoppers, produce bags, food wraps and bags, insulated totes, bamboo utensils, food jars and coffee cups—UKonserve has you covered. But it’s the aforementioned brand new silicone-and-glass boxes and bottles that I’m loving. The silicone sleeve takes food storage to a new level with a functional grip and cushion from breakage–plus it works like a trivet or built in hot pad so you can carry and place hot food with no problems.
So obviously UKonserve is better for your health. But can using UKonserve waste free products really make a difference to the environment? I think so. Here’s some info from the company that drives the point home:
On average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year (18,760 pounds of lunch waste per elementary school).
A waste free lunch saves on average $216 per child per year (versus a disposable lunch).
The North Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of the five gyres, is twice the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash
Packaging accounts for nearly 32 percent of all household waste in the U.S.
Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S.
Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Placed end to end, the number of disposable straws used in the U.S. in the past 4 days could reach the moon.
About 23 billion coated paper or Styrofoam coffee cups end up in landfills every year. Placed end to end, they could circle the earth 68 times.
Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, that’s more than 4 bags a day.
Pretty frightening, right? That’s why I love UKonserve. It’s good for you–and for the planet! Want to try? Enter to win a $100 shopping spree, and now through 2.1.15 get 15% off with “MGREENEST15” at check out.