It’s officially Spring! yes! which means it’s picnic time… It also means here in Texas its high pollen allergy season but, don’t let that ruin the chance for some great outdoor picnic and on the go weekend meals.
I love the simplicity of outdoor food. A fruit salad, cucumber sandwiches, fresh lemonade or infused water. The possibilities are endless! Try to stick to organic fruits when possible, especially when it comes to apples and celery as they tend to absorb a lot of pesticides and chemicals. Also, try to stick to nonplastic containers. Plastic pollution is an issue, the more plastic we use the harder it is for our planet to deal with it.
The average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. http://www.postconsumers.com
Plastic containers can also be toxic to humans. Yes! toxic. In 2009, consumers were on a steep learning curve to understand chemicals in plastics, such as BPA (bisphenol-A) and phthalates. BPA is the starting material for making polycarbonate plastics. Any leftover BPA that is not consumed in the reaction used to make a plastic container can leach into its contents and from there to our bodies. BPS was later developed as a substitute for BPA in the production of plastic. However, the alternative isn’t any better.
A 2013 study by Cheryl Watson at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that even picomolar concentrations (less than one part per trillion) of BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer.
For more info visit: http://www.scientificamerican.com
So looking into solving this issue, I started researching for nonplastic containers. I mean if the problem for both my body and the environment is plastic per se, then why stick to it? You can use glass and stainless steel containers instead. It seems like we had it right at the beginning. The trend is not about going vintage, it is about going clean and toxic free.
I found EcoLunchBox. As a socially responsible company, ECOlunchbox’s mission is to help people reduce their use and disposal of plastic food containers by providing non-toxic, plastic-free lunchboxes that are healthy for people and the planet. Their designs are simple, practical and clean.
I contacted them immediately and decided to try them out. ECOlunchbox sent me some of their fantastic BPA-Free, Stainless Steel containers to try out and review. Let me tell you I am in love with them! The containers look stylish (that vintage vibe) and are versatile and easy to use. You can prepare your favorite salad, sandwich, or any to-go meal and carry it without ready for when hunger strikes. I took my Solo Cube to Hispanicize conference last week, and carried my crackers, fruit, and oat bars in my bag all day*.
*note I didn’t try it with wet foods, so I can’t really tell you if they are spill proof. However, they are squish proof, sturdy and strong.
Their stainless steel lunchboxes are responsibly made in India, Thailand and China from high quality, food-grade stainless steel.
In Thailand and China, type 304 stainless steel is used in the production of our ECOlunchbox Oval and Blue Water Bento lunchboxes. Also known as 18/8, this high-quality and food-safe steel has at least 18% chromium and 8% nickel. Our other lunchboxes, including the Three-in-One, Solo Cube, Solo Rectangle and snack containers, are made in India from type 201 steel containing 17 to 19% chromium and 4 to 6% nickel.
Picnic time is mess free with the ECOLunchbox! Size is perfect for little hands too. My son hasn’t had any issues opening or closing the containers and he loves his tasty, fresh snacks.
Overall, I see absolutely no need for plastic containers in my household. Stainless steel containers and water bottles are here to stay. I promise once you make the change yo won’t ever go back. Get rid of plastic not only for you and your family’s health but also for the environment. Reducing waste at lunchtime (small steps) is one of many eco-friendly strategies that help reduce your environmental footprint, and with ECOLunchBox this task not only becomes easier but also more stilysh.
Check out their line of Artisan Lunchbags and matching napkins and reduce your lunchtime waste in style!