Lunchbox Project Featured in Outside Magazine’s Blog!
Outside Magazine’s recent blog post, "5 Ways to Take Back Earth Day" featured the Lunchbox Project as one of the smart, relevant ways to celebrate this environmentally focused day. Inundated by useless and sometimes even consumerist (oh, the irony) Earth Day activities, the featured ideas provide a fresh, very real way to celebrate our planet.
Meet at Noon at the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco!
We’re thrilled to partner with the Crocker Galleria on Friday, 04.20, to launch the Lunchbox Project in San Francisco! Bring your own reusable container tomorrow. Help celebrate Earth Day early by reducing the amount of to-go container trash in the Financial District. We’ll have a few speakers, some containers for sale, and then we’ll go get some lunch together!
Our Humble Manifesto
Why the Lunchbox Project?
Ever wonder where all those lunchtime to-go containers end up? So did we. Turns out that in the U.S., 93 percent of plastics do not end up in the recycling bin — they head for the landfill. If you think about all the people in your town who (just like us!) have been ordering their salads, sushi, and sandwiches to-go in a plastic container each and every day…it adds up to a staggering amount of waste!
Once we did the math, the solution became clear as that noisy plastic clamshell holding your side of fries. The solution is us. There is no organization, policy, or governing body more uniquely qualified to do something about this than you and me. Just as the reusable grocery bag represents a simple yet powerful fix for the problem of the plastic bag, the reusable lunchbox container is an idea whose time has come. Order your chicken teriyaki in a Tupperware instead and reduce the amount of plastic plodding toward our landfills, gutters, and the ocean.
The Lunchbox Project is a simple yet powerful tweak in our day-to-day lives, bringing with it the potential for profound change, both for the environment and for our lunchtime experience. (C’mon, that floppy plastic box is gross.)
The Lunchbox Project – let’s bring it!
Ready to Bring It?
Friday, April 20th will be a large-scale Day of Action in which San Franciscans will order lunch in our own, reusable containers. We’ll attract some attention while doing it and hopefully inspire others to do the same. The humble food saver will be elevated to new heights, hero of the lunch hour! This is the Lunchbox Project and our goal is to eliminate lunchtime waste in the United States. Yup, it’s that big a deal.
On April 20 let’s celebrate lunchtime – that magical break in the middle of your busy day that (when it happens!) fills your belly and rests your brain. The Day of Action will be a party. There will be music, speakers, information, and action inspiring all of us with a new possibility for our lunch, our city, and our world. Helping the environment has never been so easy. (Duh, why didn’t we start doing this sooner?)
Why It’s Awesome
The Lunchbox Project is simple and effortless. No one’s asking you to go granola here. Just tuck a clean container under your arm and go. Leave one at the office and there’s no forgetting.
The Lunchbox Project promotes your local economy by encouraging people to patronize nearby restaurants, while also providing cost savings for businesses as disposable containers become a thing of the past. We love our local deli! The Lunchbox Project makes them our partner in achieving San Francisco’s Zero Waste goals.
The Lunchbox Project helps YOU create a better lunch in at least three ways: enjoy an earth-friendly meal; put more thought and intention into your lunch break (even if it’s 15 minutes – come on busy people, take a gulp of fresh air); and enjoy yourself – a reusable container is so much nicer to eat from than that cheap, flimsy cardboard or plastic box. So, elevate your take-out experience!
The Lunchbox Project demonstrates the power of choice. We didn’t realize it until now, but WE have a choice about all this waste around us. Even the simplest choice can have an amazing impact on our day and the world.
The Lunchbox Project, while simple, is inherently meaningful and replicable. With the hope that we can inspire people in other locations to choose reusable containers for their lunches, the Lunchbox Project will lead to large-scale social and policy change. Just look at what’s happening to the plastic bag – from San Francisco to Santa Monica, many California cities and counties are passing plastic bag ban ordinances.
The Lunchbox Project is about our community. Celebrate an obvious, awesome idea with those around you by telling your friends, family, co-workers, and favorite restaurants. Enjoy doing something simple, fun, and good together. And depending on where you order from, pretty tasty too!
San Francisco’s Department of the Environment Endorses the Lunchbox Project SF
We are thrilled to learn that folks from the City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment will be joining us on Earth Day, April 20th, to help spread the word about ending plastic pollution by ordering lunch to-go in a reusable container. We live in one of the greatest cities in the world — yay, San Francisco!
What Lunchbox Project SF Is Reading — Moby Duck
Moby Duck, by Donovan Hohn begins as a seemingly fanciful tale styled, in the classic Melville sense, as an epic ocean voyage. The reader quickly finds that this story is a multi-layered thing, covering oceanography, climate science, beachcombing subculture, and plastic pollution among other topics. It is certainly an odyssey and the author deftly sails the reader over wave after wave of information. It is a gripping read and an excellent way to learn about the affects of plastic consumption on our oceans. Add this book to your spring break reading list!