Stainless steel is the best material to use for carrying and storing food in. Its safe and durable and at the end of its long life it 100% recyclable. Not just once, but over and over again.
Although it takes energy to make stainless steel, It is stronger than most plastics so in terms of the reduce reuse recycle chain, it sticks at reuse for much longer.
So, unlike plastic it need never end up in landfill or littering our oceans. Why? because as a material it doesn't downgrade. It can be broken down and remade multiple times. Plastic can be downcycled just once or twice. for example; plastic bottles can be made into a fleece or a watering can, but then that’s it and into landfill it goes.
All stainless steel contains around 60% recycled steel material. It just keeps giving! Who knows what your Elephant Box was before it was created ?
In 1950 1.5 million tonnes of plastic was produced world wide. That is just a drop in the ocean compared to the 300 million tonnes we now produce each year. And that number is set to keep on getting bigger.
Plastic is so much part of our lives now and there are many applications where it is incredibly useful. As consumers we can make choices to limit our use of plastics where it’s just not necessary. Typically this is most single use plastic. Like bottles, cups, food packaging.
50% of all plastic produced is used just once , the irony being that although it is used once most of this single use plastic will take thousands of years to biodegrade.
We started Elephant box because we wanted to be part of the solution to the problem of plastic. We have created a flagship product that is tough durable and built to last. It's an eco-friendly lunchbox which is perfect for both kids and adults alike. We will continue to build our company with more great products that mean people can switch to more sustainable choices in their lives, There are so many fantastic organisations and campaigns working in this area that we wanted to let you know about. The conversation is happening right now if you want to join in.
Right now the Marine Conversation Society is getting ready to start a month long plastic challenge. Head over to their website to find out more and get involved!
If you want to find out more about campaigns based here in the UK check out Surfers Against Sewage: a grassroots environmental charity . Surfers against Sewage have done huge amounts to raise awareness about pollution in our oceans and beaches. Their site has plenty of campaigns to get involved with.
Raw Foundation : Raw is a great organisation made up of campaigners and collaborators; with a solution based approach these guys are working hard to get the message across that we need to find a more sustainable way of doing business. They have an event on 31st May in London to talk about plastic pollution and the solutions. find out more here.
and if you are interested in all this and want to apply it to your own life but have no idea where to start my plastic free life is a pretty good guide. It is a great resource and directory of plastic free products and information.
If you want to dip your toe in the water a good way to start is by cutting down single use plastic just one day a week. Check out this blog for inspiration.
We are no stangers to the frustrations and deprivations of this ourselves! Take a look at our scrapbook pages for a glimpse into a crash course in this as Joy attempted to go plastic free for a month.
All of this boils down to one thing really. Change is happening! Big and small…...and you can be a part of it!