Wheatstraw, an agricultural waste by-product, is being been transformed in to simple and stylish lunch boxes by Ecolunchware.
The compartment lunch boxes, which come in three sizes, are made from organic wheatstraw, offering a plastic-free alternative to carry food. Each lunchbox also comes with a knife and fork made from the toxin-free material.
Ecolunchware aims to source more products normally made from plastic and replace them with sustainable materials. In addition to organic wheatstraw, the brand also produce reusable coffee cups and children’s bowl sets made from 100% organic rice husk material. On completion of its life-cycle, rice husk will biodegrade into the earth within three years.
Ecolunchware was created by Matt Vincent and Emma Swain in 2017, who set up the brand after realising how the products used in their daily life were contributing to the damage being done to the environment.
They said: “We had been making an effort by using reusable coffee cups but realised that although this was much better than single use the materials were generally non biodegradable and therefore would eventually end up in landfill or in the ocean as the recycling was difficult at the end of its lifecycle.
“We came across rice husk and wheat straw as materials and have loved that they are not only durable but biodegrade so have since sought to get these material more widely used. We aim to source more products which are normally made from plastic but can be made using more sustainable materials. Alongside this we are looking to encourage people to avoid single use products.”
Ecolunchware lunch boxes are available online from the Ecolunchware store
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com