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Packing lunch might seem like a boring activity, but it's a moment in our day that we could be asking the question: How much waste am I producing? For Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton, that question lingered as their family grew and they packed lunch after lunch. So they decided to do something about it.
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The duo created U-Konserve, a brand focused on eco-friendly alternatives to the items that we use on a daily basis. And while you can probably find them at your local vitamin store or grocery market, they're now at some of our favorite decor retailers, too. U-Konserve's items are both eco-friendly and chic (case in point: copper-dipped reusable straws), so it's no surprise that retailers like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie now carry them.
Since inception in 2008, U-Konserve continues to expand its offerings. And in 2015, it became part of the 1% For the Planet initiative — which means 1% of annual sales go to environmental nonprofits.
Here are some of our favorite current items from the brand: