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Green Company Profile: To-Go Ware

To-Go Ware

Why Its Keen:

Kelly Farkas of To-Go Ware introduces the company well:

"To-Go Ware provides reusable, non-plastic eating ware, including bamboo utensils, stainless steel food carriers and handcrafted accessories from communities abroad. Giving people some great options to reduce their forkprint while on-the-go. Our mission is to make available innovative products that provide a solution, tell a great story, and are enjoyable to use."

 

Currently To-Go Ware offers these on the go edible assistants: 2-tier Stainless Steel Tiffin, 3-tier Stainless Steel Tiffin, Classic 2-tier Stainless Steel Tiffin, Small and Large Sidekicks, Recycled Cotton Carrier Bags, RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Sets, and CONSERVE Bamboo Utensil Sets.

This is how the company was inspired:

"To-Go Ware's founder, Stephanie Bernstein, was a college student at the University of Michigan in 1997, watching as "to-go" culture began to emerge and find its way into the practices of local businesses. After enjoying some ice-cream "for-here" with her sister, she found it disturbing that even though she had not left the establishment, she had still been served in "to-go" plastic, and was expected to throw away her dish and spoon. Inspired by the college students who diligently carried their reusable coffee mugs around with them, she believed you could encourage people to expand this practice and use more durable, reusable methods for food as well as beverage, allowing for on-the-go convenience while remaining responsible citizens of planet Earth. (Amen to that!)

Stephanie began envisioning ways to promote these products and tools, trying to determine what designs would provide the utmost functionality and ease. She spent years in the Natural Products industry, food service and wellness fields and all informed the development of To-Go Ware. Now, years later, watching these products and concepts come to fruition has never seemed more urgent, as we are all needing tools to become Solutionaries as our world faces many challenges ecologically."

Why its Green:

Their materials are all natural and better yet, sourced sustainably!

"Our bamboo utensils are sourced and made in China by a small cottage industry factory. The forest the bamboo is sourced from has been personally visited by our third party certifier and their audits assure us that the sourcing and harvesting is sustainable and that they employ fair labor practices." Kelly also told me that To-Go Ware uses a top grade, natural, vegan, food-safe sealant on the utensils to further ensure their durability! Recent tests showed there were NO heavy metals found in the To-Go Ware utensil sealant so eat on! 

Being green has been a fundamental aspect of their business model: "As a business, To-Go Ware seeks to implement a triple bottom line — people, planet and profit — in meaningful and sincere ways. We understand the interconnected and interdependent issues of social, economic and environmental justice - this understanding guides all of our business decisions. We seek to continually examine the resources and privileges we have as a company operating in the Global North and how our business practices impact the lives of people around the world."

Another thing thats very cool and very green is that each To-Go Ware RePEaT Utensil Set holder 're-purposes' one plastic bottle that would otherwise go into a landfill. To date over 150,000 have been converted into utensil set holders! 

Worldly Activity!

To-Go Ware is active in India, helping to provide jobs and re-purpose plastic pollution! They have started a company called CONSERVE

"CONSERVE is an NGO (non-governmental organization) located in India, that has created a unique and innovative business that not only is able to employ traditionally marginalized folks at a fair living wage, but is removing millions of plastic bags from New Delhi's landfills every year. CONSERVE uses it's profits to build schools, provide meal programs for local workers and families in need, as well as paying three to four times the local wage to the employees, to provide a better living wage and opportunity. We are proud to partner with this company, as they are the very epitome of the values and mission of To-Go Ware. 

 

Our CONSERVE utensil set holder is made entirely of recycled plastic. CONSERVE employs “rag pickers” to collect discarded plastic bags and repurposes them into incredible designs and products. With CONSERVE’s help we have been able reclaim nearly 1 million plastic bags from the landfill thus far."

 

Having been to India I have seen first hand how much plastic pollution there is and knowing CONSERVE is re-purposing it into high end products is really wonderful! You can purchase your own set of To-Go Ware Utensils, etc. here and check out CONSERVE's site here! Thanks To-Go Ware for greening the planet, one fork (spoon and knife) at a time!