Preserve 2 Go
The Preserve 2 Go Vision
At Preserve, we love it when ideas transform into actual products. After three years of research, development, and prototyping, we’re proud to launch a durable reusable food storage container aimed at the takeout market that’s made in the USA with recycled polypropylene plastic: it's called Preserve® 2 Go. Our aim with Preserve 2 Go is to transform the takeout food experience by shifting to a more sustainable, eco-friendly system that eliminates the waste of millions of disposable to-go containers.
We set out to solve a challenge and create a solution. Beginning in 2011 and through several projects with Babson College, Brandeis University & Continuum, we researched the environment and marketplace experience behind to-go containers. We looked at the vast number of disposable to-go containers present on university campuses and in corporate cafes and decided something needed to change. For our CEO & Founder, Eric Hudson, this is a product whose time has come.
“For over three years, we have been researching this market place, talking with the operators in cafeterias and listening to the concerns about waste of the “to-go” diner. We have researched the impact of washing and reusing versus the creation and disposal of all those containers with every to-go meal. Just like recycling makes sense for the earth, and fortunately for everyone’s pocket book, so does washing and reusing!”
The OZZI System
In 2013, OZZI, a Rhode-Island based company, approached Preserve with the mechanism needed to complete the reusable to-go system. OZZI had created a system for collecting reusable to-go containers, adding an element of accountability to campus-wide programs. After eating, students deposit their containers in OZZI machines and are then given a token or credit on their student ID toward their next takeout container. Containers are removed from the machine regularly and are properly sanitized for the next use. A company whose mission is to purge the use of all disposable to-go containers, OZZI’s values aligned with Preserve’s commitment to empowering people to make better choices in their everyday lives. Preserve 2 Go was designed for complete compatibility with the OZZI collection system though it can be used independently as well. Together with OZZI we aim to bridge technology and sustainable design to effect change on campuses and in corporate cafes nationwide.
Preserve 2 Go & Berry Plastics
We’re thrilled to also be working with Berry Plastics, one of our Gimme 5 partners, to launch Preserve 2 Go. Partnering with a creative team of designers and production engineers, we’ve strengthened our partnership and also brought forward a product of which we are both very proud.
Preserve 2 Go & the Future
Adopting green practices is more urgent than ever. We remember the days when it was rare to see a reusable bag at the grocery store or a reusable mug at the coffee shop. We envision a future where the Preserve 2 Go is standard on university and corporate campuses for when people take food to go. In addition to looking cool and being highly functional, we hope that the Preserve 2 Go will facilitate a much needed dialogue centered around waste reduction and sustainability for the future.
Looking to set up a Preserve 2 Go program at a college or university? Check out the guide developed by our friends at PLAN.