October 07, 2010 11:36 ET

Less Is More: Minimalist Adage Proves True for Green Gifts for the Holidays

LAFAYETTE, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) -  Looking for the perfect green gifts for the holidays? ECOlunchboxes advises consumers to keep in mind the old adage "less is more."

"When it comes to sustainable giving, there's nothing greener than a gift that results in less trash, less toxins, less carbon footprint, less lunchtime expense and overall less impact on Mother Earth," says Sandra Ann Harris who is CEO and founder of, a Lafayette, Calif.-based sustainable lunchware company. "Less is definitely more when it comes to giving green."

A gift of reusable lunchware annually prevents thousands of pieces of trash from being thrown away at lunchtime and saves hundreds of dollars spent on expensive throw-aways like plastic baggies, pre-packed snacks, napkins and sundry other lunch supplies.

"Reusable lunchware is a classic green gift that just keeps on giving the whole year round," says Harris. "It's shocking how quickly lunchtime waste adds up to a lot of extra expense and waste."

Eco entrepreneur Harris started because she was fed up with packing plastics and disposable lunchware in her two children's lunches. She developed the ECOlunchboxes line made from tried-and-true natural materials: cotton and steel.

ECOlunchboxes specializes in waste-free, plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and vinyl-free lunchware that's healthy for people and the planet. A study by ECOlunchboxes shows a typical American family packing throw-aways creates 4,320 pieces of trash at lunchtime and spends $400 unnecessarily each year.

The ECOlunchboxes line includes two handmade lunchbags with napkins sewn from colorful block-printed fabrics as well as bento box-style stainless steel lunchboxes for children and adults.

"If you want to make a difference with your giving this holiday season, go for useful and reusable gifts that can be used and enjoyed everyday the whole year long," says Harris. "Your loved ones might not think about buying reusable lunchware for themselves, but it's a great gift and gentle way to encourage them to explore new ways to live sustainably."

The ECOlunchboxes line is available at select Whole Foods in the West Coast, Hawaii, Mid West, and Southern regions, REI stores and through e-tailers like,, and EcoTrend in Canada and Naturally Sustainable in Australia are distributors. ECOlunchboxes currently seeks a European eco products distributor.

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