Reusable dishes for the win! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m all about saving the Earth. I believe in recycling and conserving, buying organic and supporting small companies that are trying to make a difference. Today I want to talk about a company that I did not realize I had been a fan of until I started looking for new outside reusable plates, bowls and cups – Preserve.
What Are The Best Reusable Dishes?
Now that we are homeowners and the nice weather lures us outside multiple times a week to dine al fresco, I couldn’t – in good conscience – use paper plates. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy melamine either because of the studies I found on their chemicals. My research led me to Preserve Everyday Tableware reusable dishes.
Preserve is not only a certified B Corporation but they make everything from 100% recycled household products. They collect #5 plastic—such as yogurt cups and other common household containers—via their Gimme 5 program and then transform the #5 plastics into new Preserve products.
Pretty cool, right?
On top of that – all recycling and manufacturing is done in the USA – in Waltham, Massachusetts to be exact (go Judges!). Their mission is to help reduce the harm caused by the industrial age by demonstrating that consumer products can be both fabulous and lighter on the earth.
I mean… I was sold, and I also needed to know more ASAP. My eyebrow was raised and my interest was piqued.
Do I Know This Brand Of Reusable Dishes Already?
I started poking around their website and saw looking back at me one of my favorite storage containers. Instantly I ran to the kitchen – and sure enough, as exciting as it was to see the Dharma initiative logo – right there on the bottom of my apple green container, it said “Preserve“. You can’t make something like that up! I couldn’t order the full set of these reusable dishes fast enough. Plus, they were so inexpensive – coming out to less than $2 per plate/bowl/cup. Done and done.
Full Company Transparency
If I could be any more excited – they had a video interviewing the company’s founder – Eric Hudson – and filmed in front of their manufacturing equipment – on their website. I was in HEAVEN! You could see the products being made in the background! Like their very own episode of How It’s Made.
The company says it uses 46 percent less energy, 48 percent less coal, 54 percent less water and at least 75 percent less oil because of its practices. They have recycling partnerships with Stonyfield, Brita, Burts Bees & Whole Foods to name a few you may have heard of (and use).
So in theory if you buy a big tub of Stonyfield yogurt from Whole Foods and then store it in individual serving cups from Preserve and then bring back the empty tub to Whole Foods to recycle – you are the greatest person on the Earth.
But no pressure.
I Love Supporting A Good Company Like This
I feel really good supporting this brand and I want you to support them too. You can also check out their lunch box friendly food storage containers for back to school. Hey – you go nuts about buying healthy food, but isn’t that all for naught if you put it in a storage container or plastic bag made from the stuff you go out of your way to avoid?
Thank you Preserve for introducing me to a great product that has secretly been a loved family member for years and now helps me enjoy family dinners while feeling good about what I am using. You have become one of my favorite things!
Preserve brand heritage:
Preserve was founded in 1996 by Eric Hudson – a former “finance guy”. With Preserve, he promised to make smart, everyday products that are good for people and the planet. The products empower people to make a difference.
Since Preserve’s launch, all recycling and manufacturing has been done in the U.S.A. They use life cycle thinking and a systemic approach to make beautifully designed high-functional products. All products are #5 polypropylene BPA-Free 100% recycled plastic (the most benign plastic).
Eric dedicated his new venture to using Earth’s resources more efficiently and responsibly, and to transforming recycled materials into products that were functional, well-designed and fun to use.