Grabbing a quick lunch on the run, hitting the drive-through of your favorite coffee shop, or packing up restaurant leftovers often leads to excessive waste, thanks to single-use plastic and styrofoam containers that end up in our nation’s landfills. In 2017, the EPA reported more than 14 million tons of plastic were tossed out, including bags, wraps, bottles, jars, and other containers. Industrial ecologist Roland Geyer told PBS that “we’re making enormous quantities of plastic … and we’re not very good at plastic waste management. Around 60 percent of all the plastics we’ve ever made are on the planet somewhere.” All the more reason to take steps within your own home and beyond to help address the world’s plastic problem.
The History of To-Go Ware
To-Go Ware was founded in 2004 by Stephanie Bernstein, who wanted to help make a dent in our plastic waste problem. In 2016, To-Go Ware was acquired by ChicoBag, a reusable tote company created by Andy Keller. In a statement about the merger, Bernstein shared “To-Go Ware began with a line of utensil sets and stainless steel food containers aimed at giving people safe and durable options to use instead of single-use disposables and plastics.”
To-Go Ware Company Mission
To-Go Ware is all about inspiring a healthy lifestyle through food and community, and encouraging others to help care for the planet. To this end, the brand designs convenient and innovative containers that make it easy to enjoy a “to-go” lifestyle wherever you are, without adding another plastic or styrofoam food container to our landfills.
Benefits of To-Go Ware
Convenience is the name of the game at To-Go Ware. Not only will your new container easily tote your lunch to and from the office or school every day, but it also works for road trips, airport travel, or kid snacks in the car. Every tin is dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze, and you can feel good knowing you’re doing your part to reduce plastic use. Here are some of the things our Thrive Market members have to say about their favorite To-Go containers.
- Lydia from Wis. uses the three-tin option for lunches and snacks. “I get tons of comments on how nice this tiffin is. I’ve been using it daily for over a year, and it’s still in great shape.”
- Jodie from Calif. relies on these containers for her frequent family picnics.
- Chi from Nev. says: “This makes meals and snacks on the go feel extra special. The containers lock into place and feel secure, and because it stacks (as opposed to sitting side-by-side) it definitely fits into tighter spaces.
Top To-Go Ware Products
To-Go Ware makes it easy to get started with your transition to reusable food containers.
2 Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier
This stylish stainless steel container is inspired by the lunchbox systems typically used in India, and has a lid that doubles as a plate for added convenience. It’s easy to clean, and works with both hot and cold foods.
3 Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier
Serve up a three-course meal or tote picnic fare in this sleek container system from To-Go Ware. The self-latching containers give you the option to take all three, or leave one or two behind.
Thrive Market’s Healthiest Picnic Recipes
When you’re packing a meal for the great outdoors, think sturdy ingredients that can be enjoyed at room temperature, like pasta salad, wraps, and veggies and dips. Here are our favorite recipes for enjoying at your next picnic.
Salad On a Stick: Greek Salad Skewers
A bright dill dressing jazzes up this Greek-inspired salad that’s served on a stick. It might be an unconventional approach, but it’s pretty genius for picnics.
Vegan Picnic Salad Recipes
Vegan salads are the perfect addition to picnics. This post lists all the ingredients on hand to toss one together on the fly, plus six must-have recipes to try.
7 Easy Vegan Sandwiches
Are you sensing a picnic theme? Vegan dishes are great options for eating outdoors, and these seven sandwich recipes prove it. Try Blackened Tempeh Sandwiches, Four-Layer Vegan Sandwich, and more.