As awareness of the perils of plastics grows, an eco mom business is responding with the release of a new plastic-free and ocean-friendly lunchware collection designed to help families pack lunch without plastic. “Lunchtime is a great time for families to think twice about plastic habits,” says Sandra Ann Harris, who founded ECOlunchbox to make available plastic-free lunchware that’s healthy for people and the planet.

With its colorful blue silicone lid (note: lids are made from silicone instead of plastic for healthier people and planet) and a humpback whale swimming across its packaging through information bubbles and ocean jokes, the look of the company’s aquatic-themed Splash Box is decidedly more modern and contemporary than the classic artisanal ECOlunchbox line. The silicone lid offers the “leak-free convenience of a plastic lid without the plastic,” Harris explains. “You can literally start saving our oceans at lunchtime.” Silicone is a non-toxic and plastic-free material made from silica, which is also used to manufacture glass. The Splash Box™ bento lunch box coordinates with three Blue Water Bento organic cotton lunch sacks featuring: a blue whale, a green dolphin and an orange sea horse. “It’s shocking how much plastic washes up on our shores,” said Angela Haseltine Pozzi whose non-profit organization Washed Ashore builds educational sculptures from plastic marine debris. “I love what ECOlunchbox has done with their new Blue Water Bento collection,” Pozzi said,“because it directly connects the dots between our behavior as humans and how using less plastic can help out the critters in our oceans and the environment in general.”

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The health hazards of bisphenol-A (BPA) and other toxins in plastic, including BPA-free plastics, have been well publicized. Scientists and doctors have linked toxins in the petroleum-based material to diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Environmental non-profits, like 5 Gyres, as well as major media reports, have also called attention to the accumulation of plastic debris in our oceans, such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where plastic trash is hurting, poisoning and killing marine life throughout the world. “What we’re trying to do with our Blue Water Bento collection is inspire people to ‘do their part’ by living life with less plastic,” the San Francisco Bay Area eco mom entrepreneur adds. “Green lunches will definitely make for bluer waters. Why not start making change every day at lunchtime by packing a non-toxic and waste-free lunch?”

+ Blue Water Bento $32

+ ECOlunchbox

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