Sunday, October 14, 2012

Greenmunch - Eco-friendly & sustainable products for everyday living {Review}

I recently found a company who specialized in greener, earth friendly products. They have a TON of different products - from super awesome paper straws, to stainless steel lunch boxes and they even have a natural skin line!

Introducing Greenmunch! 

Greenmunch.ca is an Online Eco Store specializing in earth friendly, green, and sustainable products. We offer retail products on greenmunch.ca, however we are also distributors of many of the products to wholesale customers including retailers and the food service industry.
Eco Friendly products do not have to be overpriced and boring.  We have found unique and high quality products that are practical and fun at the same time.  Our line of food service items including biodegradable wooden cutlery, palm leaf plates, and paper straws are great for the earth and also provide elegance and style to your meal that plastic and Styrofoam could never do.  We look for innovative products and are introducing some products to Canadians for the first time.
We are a family run business and are based out of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.  
Businesses that would be interested in our wholesale product line include the following:
  • small - medium retail stores
  • online stores
  • grocery stores
  • food service industry; caterers, special event planners,
  • promotional use, loyalty programs

Mission

We strongly believe in supporting local sustainable agriculture and food products. We hope that our product line not only promotes the use of local food, but also supports local companies creating innovative products.
Our priority is to carry North American made products. In some cases we are not able to do this and we then work with North American based companies who manufacture overseas.
We admire the entrepreneurial spirit and many of the brands we carry have been started by young entrepreneurs with only an idea and the passion to create something new.

I just had to contact Greenmuch to see if I could review their straws. I have a thing - for straws as does James. They agreed and I was thrilled! I then found out that I had also won a giveaway I had entered for a Stainless Steel Lunch box and a Lunchskins snack bag! Woo!

The review:

I was sent four different packages of straws to test out as well as my winnings - A Lunchskins sandwich bag and a LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel container.

 I was sent 3 different sizes as well. A little tid bit about Greenmunch straws:
  • The straws are made of paper so they will biodegrade even in a backyard compost.
  • They are perfect for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, backyard bbq or any special event.
  • Try a pack of these party straws for your next party.

The top left (Green) are the Jumbo straws. These are GREAT for milkshakes and smoothies. I cannot stand drinking smoothies without a straw. These are just perfect for that.

The deets: 

Greenmunch Jumbo Paper Straws: Jasmine Green Stripes

Length: 7.75", 297mm
Width: 0.314", 8mm

This straw is designed specifically for your thick milkshake, smoothie, or slush! This extra thick paper straw is 2mm wider than our standard 6mm straw.


I then tested out the Turquoise and Christmas straws - I'm trying really hard NOT to use my Christmas colored ones since Christmas is coming up I wanted to save them for that!! I'm crazy! The Turquoise ones are by far my favorite. I've been decorating my house with Turquoise and these fit in my kitchen PERFECTLY! Those straws sit on my table in a clear glass - I like to show them off. They make a pretty centerpiece.

Such vibrant colors! 


These straws are great just for everyday drinks. I've been drinking water NON stop and I love drinking from these straws. They don't breakdown fast - which is great cause you can reuse it again and again (I mean within the same day) and then compost them. I recycle mine. But then again I recycle anything I can. 

The last set of straws I tested out were the Red Striped cocktail straws. Now these are Jimmy's straws. They are smaller than the standard 7.75" straws. They are 5" in length and are perfect for Jimbo's cups. Again, this kid loves to drink from straws so every time he asks for something to drink he asked for his "Staws!" 



A very happy boy with his 'staws"








My overall thoughts on the Greenmunch paper straws - LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!! They are great to have in the house for parties, or even just for everyday use. I have put some away for our upcoming homebirth.  They are also a great price - be sure to check out their website for pricing - as well as their HUGE selection of colors and prints! There is something there for you.

I also received a couple other goodies from a Giveaway win. I was very excited to have won it as it is PERFECT for James. He even says they are his.

Love the print! 
I won this lunchskins sandwich bag in the Sharks print. Now I have quite a few cloth snack bags - but do not own one of these bad boys. They are made completely different from the ones I own.

First off - they are dishwasher safe! That is awesome as I can get it clean clean - like disinfected clean. It doesn't feel like my other snack bags either. It`s almost like it`s rubberized... if that makes sense.

The deets: 

This eco friendly alternative for litterless lunch packaging is sure to make regular plastic sandwich bags green with envy. The skins are designed to be durable, reusable, and dishwasher-safe. For small lunchkits these bags take up a fraction of the space of a hard plastic food container.
  • certified food-safe fabric
  • hand sewn in the USA
  • dishwasher-safe
  • quick-drying, lightweight cotton fabric
  • replaces hundreds of plastic baggies
  • lead-free, bpa-free and phthalate-free
  • 6.5 x 6.5 inches with fold over flap and snug hook & loop closure
This is a great snack/sandwich bag. I can pack Jimbo's PB & J up and know that it's not going to get everywhere in the diaper bag!

I also won a LunchBots Trio container. This was one item that I have been looking at purchasing for James. It's great for when we go out and about!

Here is just a sample of what we have put in this - Usually when we go out I like to pack a snack for him and for myself. Fishy crackers are something we both love - as well as the sesame snack and cheese. I have also put in grapes and apples and a few chocolate treats! I just love how there are different compartments and love that it's stainless steel. I don't worry about plastic and whatnot.

The lid seals very well, although you don't want to put liquid-sih items in it. It washes well and is compact enough to fit into the diaper bag without taking up a bunch of room.



LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Container - All Stainless

LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Containers feature three compartments for balanced snacks: grapes, cheese and crackers; sushi, edamame and carrots; pasta, chicken and cherry tomatoes—the combinations are endless! Whatever you pack, LunchBots make meals more appetizing, helping ensure your food containers return home empty.

Dimensions: 6" x 5" x 1.75"

Capacity: 20 fl. oz./600 ml
Weight: 9.4 oz.
Material: Highest quality 18/8 stainless steel
How to clean: To clean your Trio, simply handwash the lid and place the base in the dishwasher. Won't stain or rust.
  • Modern shape and three compartments hold a balanced lunch
  • Only food grade stainless steel comes into contact with your food. No linings. No toxins.
  • Made of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, easy-to-clean, virtually unbreakable, resists stains and rust, and lasts forever.
  • Refill your LunchBots over and over, save money and add zero waste to landfills.
  • Trio food containers are best for dry foods as lids are not water tight

So my final thoughts: 

Greenmunch is your one stop shop for all your sustainable, greener living needs. They have such a great variety of items/products and I just love supporting Canadian businesses. They ship fast and stand by their products. I would definitely check them out - there is something there for everyone. Whether you are planning a party or just like to use eco friendly products. Their selection is great!

Thank you Greenmunch for letting me review your items. We LOVE them!  

Be sure to check them out on Facebook too!!

Much love
xoxo
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Please note that I was sent the above mentioned product(s) for review purposes only. All opinions are strictly my own and may differ from others. Some items were won in a giveaway - fair and square. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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