October 27, 2009 12:18 ET

Less Trash Is a Great Green Gift for the Holidays, Says

LAFAYETTE, CA--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - The gift of reusable lunchware, such as a handmade ECOlunchbag with matching cloth napkins or a stainless steel reusable ECOlunchbox, can help prevent hundreds of pieces of trash from being thrown away.

"Green shoppers are looking for gifts that are sustainable and unique this holiday season," says President Sandra Ann Harris. "Our fair trade eco lunch bags and reusable lunch boxes fit the bill for people who want to make a difference with their giving."

An average U.S. family spends about $400 extra on disposable lunchware and creates more than 4,000 trash pieces unnecessarily, according to the results of the ECOlunchbox Lunchbox Waste Study 2009.

"Reusable lunchware is a classic green gift that just keeps on giving and giving the whole year round," says Harris, whose new company is based in Lafayette, Calif. "It's shocking how quickly plastic baggies, disposable utensils and pre-packaged snacks add up to a lot of extra expense and waste."

An ECOlunchbox Kit, which includes a lunchbag, a stainless food container and bamboo spork, "is a great way to encourage friends and family to make the shift to more sustainable habits," Harris says.

Harris designed the handmade "ECOlunchbag + 3 Matching Napkins" for children and adults. The colorful and gifty lunch bags are shaped like the kraft paper bags used for generations, but they're machine washable, sewn from artisan block-printed cotton and can be carried as a backpack or hip bag.

"I was tired of using so much plastic and concerned about its potential health effects on my family," explains Harris, a mother of two elementary-age children. "I decided to develop a lunch kit made from tried-and-true natural materials: cotton and steel."

In its Lunch Waste Study, calculates that a family (two children and one parent) packs lunches five times a week that include a sandwich in a Ziploc, one juice box, a yogurt cup with a plastic spoon, a snack pack of crackers and a paper napkin. Buying in bulk and packing in reusable containers can result in savings of $400 and 4,320 pieces of trash prevented annually, the study concluded. lunchware is available at select Whole Foods, REI stores,,, and other retailers nationwide. For more info, contact (925) 298-9220 ext. 3 or

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  • For more info, call:
    Sandra Harris
    (925) 298-9220 ext. 3
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