Preserve Products: Recycled Plastic for the Kitchen & Bath

Preserve Products: Recycled Plastic for the Kitchen & Bath

Sarah Coffey
Mar 12, 2010

Store History

  • Founded: 1996
  • Founded by: Eric Hudson
  • Headquarters: Waltham, MA

We don't usually think of plastic as a green material, but, depending on the type of plastic, it can be recycled many times over. Preserve uses 100% recycled #5 polypropylene plastic in their products.

They collect plastic from companies, clean it, recycle it, and make it into new products that can, in turn, be recycled again. (For more details on the process, click here.) Once you're finished with one of their products, you can send it back to them and they'll use it to make new stuff.

  • On the Go Collection: This line is made from plastic that's heavier than disposable stuff but more lightweight than Tupperware. It's designed to be used for casual meals like picnics and barbecues, but it's sturdy enough that it can be washed and reused afterwards.
  • Toothbrush Subscriptions: When you sign up for Preserve's subscription, they'll send you a new toothbrush every 3 months and you can send your old one back to be recycled.
  • Colanders: The company has a good-sized kitchen collection that includes colanders, food storage containers, and mixing bowls. Made from 100% recycled #5, BPA-free plastic, Preserve's colanders come in two sizes and three colors.
  • Everyday Collection: These dishes are a little heavier and more durable than the On The Go Collection, and they're made to last through more washes.
  • Paper Cutting Boards: Preserve sells both paper and plastic cutting boards. The paper ones are made from PaperStone, a material that's covered with a nonporous, petroleum-free coating so you can run it through the dishwasher.

You can find Preserve products online or at big box stores and grocers like Whole Foods, Target, Crate & Barrel, or Trader Joe's. For more information, click here.

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