Oregon-based startup Marwall launches LunchPod to change how Americans go out to eat

Oregon-based startup Marwall launches LunchPod to change how Americans go out to eat

Published: 03-08-2021 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 740 | Tags:

Oregon-based startup Marwall LLC is releasing the LunchPod, a stainless steel insulated lunch box with custom utensils and a removable, collapsible silicone to-go container with the goal of changing how Americans go out to eat.

After two years of research and development, the company plans to fund the first round of production through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in August 2021.

Aaron Sewall, Co-founder, Marwall: "We think people will embrace our product and the idea it embodies, taking eco-friendly steps to reduce waste can be just as easy as creating it." 

The United States lags behind many other countries when it comes to reducing single-use waste. In July, the European Union banned many common single use plastic items, and joins countries in AsiaAfrica, and South America in banning plastic bags and other waste generating items in an effort to reduce plastic pollution and micro-plastics in the environment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants switched to takeout only while their dining rooms remained closed. "We've seen first hand over the past year and a half the amount of waste that a single takeout meals generates." With restaurants opening back up across the country, it is doubtful they will shut off the extra revenue stream that takeout provides.

A recent report from Natural Sustainability showed that of the over 12 million individual pieces of trash collected on beaches, in rivers, and the ocean, almost half of the waste could be attributed to takeout and food containers, utensils, and related packaging.