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Finding Nemo Is Nearing Impossible

Frego Admin - Saturday, April 14, 2018


It’s sad to imagine the underwater world of beauty in the coral reef that Nemo of Disney’s Finding Nemo calls home, cluttered with plastic. But without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050. This attention-grabbing statement in the January 2016 Ellen MacArthur Foundation report: The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, points to 150 million metric tons of plastics residing in the world’s oceans.

The report was the product of input from environmental groups like Ocean Conservancy as well as companies important to packaging such as Dow, the consumer products company Unilever, and the packaging firm Amcor. It attempts to reconcile industry and activists on the packaging issue.

Over two years after the report has come out, are we any nearer to reconciliation or plastic production reduction?  An emphatic NO is the answer. In CNN’s March 21, 2018 report, they sight that without an intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world’s oceans is expected to triple within a decade. (Ocean plastic predicted to triple within decade)

At frego we’re even more fired up to build awareness and share better ways to live that don’t harm our environment.  At the global level, we continue to watch the World Economic Forum to see if the United Nations resolution to ban microbeads by 190+ countries and counting will have an impact. We look to businesses to take responsibility and think creatively as possible to avert the use of plastics.

At the consumer and individual level, we know people have made the commitment to compost, bring paper bags back to groceries stores for reuse (not just recycling) or use canvas or mesh bags, bring their ceramic mug to their barista and omit plastic use. All of these actions are intentional on the part of the consumer, driven by awareness and care for their environment.

However, habits and the way our society functions even in 2018, does not always make it easy to make the best choice. And practices in food and product consumption are demonstrating that they take generations to shift, despite frightening evidence of global harm. At frego, we’re plastic free and we offer a lifetime warranty on our glass and silicone containers. We’re trying to do our part and we applaud those who are doing their best for the environment and serving as creative role models for others.

We want to hear stories from you. Where are there opportunities to do better, no matter how small? Maybe you’ve stashed an empty frego in your purse to take leftovers or a food item purchased at a café to-go. We have! Maybe you’ve prepped plastic-free lunches and snacks even when disposable would have been easier? What other practices and tips do you have?

Please share and help the world continue to fight plastic production and consumption and find Nemo.


Thank Goodness For Companies That Care

Frego Admin - Sunday, February 25, 2018



This February we’re thankful for companies that care. We celebrate companies that choose to do the right thing for their employees and their customers, even and especially when it’s not mandated or the path to doing so is complex or costly. We support companies that are paving the way and educating consumers to make better, conscious choices when it comes to their purchases of goods and services.

Last March, People Magazine published it’s first ever Companies That Care list. See it here (http://people.com/human-interest/inside-peoples-first-ever-list-of-50-companies-that-care/).  The global impact these companies and organizations are making around causes from education for all to ending hunger and homelessness is impressive. When you read the stories surrounding their efforts, it is not solely about applying a financial band-aid. Their efforts are rooted in employee engagement around their causes, which then translates directly into employee self-care and real, consistent and sustainable benefits for the external communities they serve.

While most of these companies are global in scale, they offer even the small business owner some inspiration. We love seeing The Container Store at #13 on the list! The Container Store, notes People, “…creates high paying, satisfying, supportive, life-long careers for retail workers. Each Valentine’s Day, The Container Store celebrates National We Love Our Employees Day! Employees are given gifts, love notes and hugs from the company to thank them for their hard work. The Employee First Fund provides grants to employees experiencing unforeseen emergencies.”

At frego, we’re taking a page out of People’s coverage of companies that care and applying it to our business. Since 2012, Safe. Healthy. Responsible. has been more than just a tag line; it's how we approach everything we do. Our products combine the best of science, ergonomics and aesthetics, consistently infused with dedication to creating a better world. Our process is guided by the desire to provide innovative products that give us all the chance to make smarter everyday choices. 

Through our exhaustive testing for safety and quality, recycling of scrap materials, and developing fregogiving – a program designed to give back to our communities and donate to children's charities like the The Lunchbox Fund (frego donates 1% of our proceeds to their charitable causes. See more at thelunchboxfund.org). Through these efforts we not only say we believe in creating a safer and healthier world, we're making it happen. One responsible step at a time.

Assuming People makes their Companies That Care an annual feature, what companies do you think should be on the list and why?


It's a New Year: Portion Your Day Accordingly

Frego Admin - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the spirit of January and all of the potential that the new year holds for recommitting to health and wellness goals, we thought it would be a fun exercise to think more broadly about portion control, meal and snack types and share some of our favorite recipes.  

Let’s start with portion control. 2018 has many Americans way out of whack with an understanding of it. Did you know that 96% of meals served at restaurants exceed recommendations for fat, salt and overall calories (see: https://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Healthy-Living/Weight-Management/Article-Viewer/Article/348/correct-portion-sizes-how-to-keep-portion-distortion-in-check). As highly visual people, over the years we’ve become accustomed to seeing and being served larger portions (studies cite significant increases in portions from 1980 to modern day). It’s easy to experience portion distortion, as it’s commonly referred to, and become out of sync with what constitutes an appropriate amount of food.

If you’re tackling more healthy eating habits, understanding portion control is key. Now that we’ve established the abundance of restaurant portion size, let’s compare portion size versus serving size (see: https://healthyforgood.heart.org/Eat-smart/Articles/Portion-Size-Versus-Serving-Size). It defines a portion as how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package or in your own kitchen. A portion is 100 percent under our control. A serving size is the amount of food listed on a product’s nutrition facts label, according to a serving size the manufacturer suggests.

You can retrain your eye to easily assess food and come up with reasonable portion and serving sizes for your healthy diet. An easy suggested way to learn proper portions and keep portions in check is to choose food serving dishes (glasses, plates, bowls) and storage containers that are clearly marked with their size. For example, frego is designed in two and four cup container sizes. As you make, store, container and serve food, measure it and be diligent about visually noting how it appears. Focus on some common items that are typically served way over portion like pasta. 

Once you get the hang of reasonable portion and serving sizes, think about ways to cleverly measure them without officially having to measure them. Remember that an eight-ounce juice glass perfectly holds an adequate serving of orange juice (as opposed to a 16-ounce glass). Never eat directly from the bag or bulk item when it comes to snacks – choose a one-cup bowl and portion it out (we love these from Magnolia and Vine at Target as they hold just over one cup). 

If you’re taking your meals and snacks to go, your frego offers consistency in serving sizes. Your snacks and breakfast might be more one serving size (or one cup) portions. Your lunch and dinner, depending on its density and your diet, might be a two or four cup portion. Here are a few good frego-friendly recommendations and recipes that will keep your portion control in check!

Breakfast: Steel-Cut Oats with Cinnamon and Apples 

http://www.theveggiequeen.com/2012/02/03/cooking-steel-cut-oats-pressure-cooker-3-minutes

Lunch: White Bean and Tuna Salad

https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/tuna-and-white-bean-salad

Snack: Winter Fruit Salad

Dinner: Brown Rice and Vegetables

http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1001/Brown-Rice-With-Fresh-Vegetabl120097.shtml

At frego, we love fueling your mind with healthy options from meals to snacks to power you through your day. That’s why you’ll see that our social media shares are all about the real, wholesome food you prepare at home and take with you on your busy day. 

We enjoy that frego-users love to share how they use their containers. We especially like to see your recipes and hand-scribed messages on the silicone outer sleeves! If you’d like to share, please email us! 

Gift Thoughtfully This Holiday Season

Frego Admin - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

During the season of gift giving we run through an entire checklist of high standards that our gift must meet. Whether it’s whimsical, practical, thoughtful or indulgent, you can be sure that we all put thought into our gifts, especially if we don’t have the gift-recipient’s list with clickable links at our fingertips.  Where’s the fun in that method anyway?

At frego, we love the creative process of gift giving.  We’ve been making our list, checking it twice and we’re offering up our tips to you for a holiday season of stress-free present selection. It starts with a mantra to help focus your mindset. This year, we’re drawing our inspiration from Vivienne Westwood: Buy less, Choose well, Make it last.  

Tip #1: Buy Less

Buying less when everything in American marketing is enticing us to BOGO (buy one, get one… some percentage off or free) is challenging. Often, bulk pricing of quality items can be a good gift giving strategy, but it typically means buy one for me and one for the person on my list because it was a deal that could not be passed up. This leads to unwanted, discarded items that contribute to clutter and are destined for a joyless life.

Another way to buy less stems from the concept of buying quality, sustainable items. I adopted this buying mindset early on as a mother, from shoes and clothing to school items and more. This mindset translated into the creation of frego’s eco-friendly food storage container system and it’s at the heart of why we designed frego to meet high standards. We live by the idea that if we are resourceful we can buy quality items and use them longer, which equates to buying less of poor quality, disposable items.

A third way to buy less is to not even buy at all! Give the gift of time and talent. It’s always meaningful and it also creates lasting memories.

Our suggestion here: create a healthy buying mindset, avoid adding extra gifts to the list, don’t buy for yourself, hold yourself to quality purchases only and consider giving of your time and talent.

Tip #2:  Choose Well

When selecting a gift for someone on our list it’s tempting to get them more of what they already have and we know they will love. By putting a bit of additional thought into it you can choose something that is tied to their interests, but unique enough that even they may not have thought of it.

Write down the names of everyone on your list. Add a column to note up to three of their interests I.e. cooking, reading, cross-country skiing; and a column to note the feeling you’d like to evoke like practical, sentimental, inspirational, motivational or whimsical. In a fourth column, add the type of gift i.e book, coffee mug, dinner at a favorite restaurant or a time or talent related gift. Lastly add the cost and where to buy, jotting down your options from bricks and mortar to online. Carry this with you during the holiday season. When you find the perfect gift, you’ll confidently be able to select it.

Our suggestion here: create your list when you’re in the right and thoughtful mindset, get out of your own head to consider a valuable gift from the recipient’s perspective and continue to refine and reference your list.

Tip #3: Make It Last

Making things last is all rooted in making sustainable buying and giving choices in the first place. Because of the nature of a gift, the experience of it is always tied to the gift-giver. It’s important to get it right. Consider how your gift can be something that the recipient can use and continue to bring them joy.

Our suggestion here: think about gifts in holistic ways and how the recipient will experience them. Most likely there are time and talent related ideas that further your gift, whether it’s a shared experience or a new experience that carries over into an interest in their life.

There you have it! Take our tips and put them to great gift giving this season. We’d love to hear your ideas – please share them in the comments below.

Happy holidays to you from frego!


The Four-Cup Frego Serves Up Sustenance and Snacks

Frego Admin - Thursday, September 21, 2017



When we talk about portion control, frego has two easy ways to help you manage your servings: the 2-cup container and the 4-cup container.  The 2-cups go off to work and school with mom and the kids, but for the more hearty eater, a 2-cups serving of your best lasagna might not be quite enough.

Enter in the 4-cup. For suitable lunch portions for an average American male, we’re finding that at least a 3-cup serving is need to fill the hunger void over the noon hour.  For many, the 4-cup is the ideal option. So pack those fall soups and hearty meals like lasagna without worry.  There won’t be any of the leaks typical of many other storage container options. And when it comes to clean up at the office, frego washes up well and the silicone lid won’t be wearing your lasagna sauce for years to come.

After a satisfying meal, if you chose to write something on frego’s side panel prior to packing it, it serves as a nice little reminder to complete a task of your choice – i.e. "Don’t’ forget to pick up the dry cleaning!"  So by packing lunches from home, not only does your family save by avoiding eating pricey lunch hours out, but bringing lunch from home becomes something to actually look forward to.

The 4-cup isn’t just for guys either. It can work well to bring snacks to parties, gatherings or on road trips. Go the cheese and cracker route or assorted fruit or veggies and you’re all set for sharing at it funnest… or finest!

How are you getting creative with the frego 4-cup version? We’d love to hear it!


Add Frego to Your School Supply List

Frego Admin - Monday, August 14, 2017

It’s time to pull the backpacks out of the closet and assess their readiness and coolness for another school year. If they are still in good shape after last year’s wear and tear, they’re ready to go from a parent’s perspective. From a kid’s perspective, they’re looking for a cool factor based on whatever their current vibe is. Do they want to boldly stand out with distinctive style, exist somewhere in the middle that’s non-committal or fly completely under the radar in a monochromatic look?

Whatever the decision on this school year’s backpack, you’ll need to go on at least one shopping trip to stock it. After the school list supply buying of folders, notebooks, pencils, markers, highlighters, glue, rulers and sharpeners is complete, you’re not even close to done. Remember the group supply list, shoes of all sorts, clothes and calculators are on a list too. Shop for those then it’s time to turn your attention to their lunch.

If you’ve sent your kids to school with a lunch from home in the past, what worked? What didn’t? Frego can help you avoid messes like when chicken noodle soup meets chemistry homework. Frego can also help busy families prep, store and grab meals from the fridge. Prep meals once or twice a week, write contents on the side or top and even your kids’ names and a date they should pack it.

The two-cup size frego with four color options for the outer silicone sleeve, is perfect for kids’ backpacks or lunch containers. They won’t leak either. So go ahead, pack the messiest mac-n-cheese or saucy noodle dishes. Your kids will enjoy the variety and everyone will appreciate less mess. Stock up with frego and check off all of your school supply shopping early this year!


Everyone Wins When Kids are Comfortable in the Kitchen

Frego Admin - Monday, July 24, 2017



I’m bored! Have some of you parents heard that from you children this summer? Maybe not at the onset, but by mid-July, mine have expressed more times than a few that they’re searching for something to do. By now, they recall that if they utter this phrase around a parent, it’s going to be met with a list of chores.

The list of chores to ease boredom doesn’t seem to go over well. Recently, I’ve been using the creativity of the kitchen to teach them some skills. We’ve chopped, diced, julienned, mashed, peeled, pressed (garlic), mixed, sautéed and served. Not all at once though.

Keeping kids interested in where their food comes from and how its prepared is a key way to instill healthy habits that last a lifetime. Your kids aren’t going to go the extra mile to boil and mash potatoes if they can buy them pre-made. They also aren’t going to reap the benefits of organic, fresh foods.

Our advice: start small. Work on introducing new kitchen tools – even one task per meal at a time. In the beginning, their help may seem insignificant in making a recipe of 20-some steps, but it adds up quickly. Even if they do one-third of the work, it eases your tasks. You can also set them to work washing dishes and packaging leftovers.  It can make time in the kitchen --especially for those of you who aren’t as passionate about cooking or pressed for time -- actually enjoyable.

When it comes to learning new tools, have fruits and vegetables on hand to practice skills. Peeling (because the blade is more dull) is a perfect first task (use lengthier veggies like cucumbers versus fruits like apples), followed by learning to use a pairing knife. Shredding cheese (and you most definitely should to avoid toxins in the form of anti-fungals applied to most store-bought shredded cheese to keep the cheese from sticking together) is also a good task for starters.

To mix it up in the kitchen and provide both parents and kids with some new inspiration, we’ve been into Blue Apron as of late. We get a weekly delivery with all the ingredients to make two meals to serve a family of four. It’s been a solid learning tool for my kids and takes away all of the ingredient and tool searches through your cupboards and fridge and everything is pre-measured. We also typically have leftovers, so learning to package those after a meal – in frego, of course -- has been a huge help.

However you prep, make and store your meals, and clean up after -- kitchen time allows you to teach patience and rewards. Summer is a perfect time to test out these efforts. Get your kids into the kitchen and alleviate boredom, create a sous-chef for you and have everyone at the table enjoying their meal all the more!


Pack Your Snacks for the Road in Style

Frego Admin - Tuesday, June 27, 2017



Packing up to travel with the family is an adventure of its own. Don’t forget sunscreen, swimsuits and beach towels. And don’t forget to pack snacks for the road.

Keeping your entire family happy while traveling includes keeping them fed and hydrated. Planning ahead will ensure you have healthy, flavorful snacks and beverages that allow you to bypass the gas station alternatives.  It’s these poor alternatives that can make a roadtrip downright messy (think Cheetos!) and unhealthy (think sugar-crash induced fighting!).

We’ve worked hard to flip the switch to fun snacking that’s also healthy. We all recognize that our little ones – toddler through age five – are captive to the snacks we put in hand. However, as our kids grow up and can assert their favorite snack ideas, parents give up some of that control. We need to be clever to ensure healthier options are the norm, obviously not only while traveling, but in everyday life.

One part of being clever as we go up against the major marketers to our kids – Ronald McDonald, Chester Cheetah (Cheetos’ brand ambassador) and the Keebler Elves – is to make snack options fun and satisfying. Frego brings the fun in four colorful food storage containers in two and four-cup sizes perfect for snacking. They travel well with their leak-proof seal and wash-up nicely for reuse on the return trip.

Ditch the plastic baggie of grapes stuffed in the travel cooler and opt for previously frozen grapes out of a chilled frego with Chill Out written on the container. Use the outer silicone containers to serve up healthy, crunchy snack options like Beanitos Chips, for example. Use the four-cup frego to mix all of your fresh fruit up for serving with a scribed note to Freshen Up! Chop your veggie varieties (at least three to stave off boredom) so little hands can dig in when they spot a Crunch Out Loud signal on the container – I mean who doesn’t want to annoy their sister?

If your kids are under 16, they are essentially captive in your vehicle. You make the choice on where you stop to refuel. So if you’re armed with great snack options, the gas station alternatives become less of a battle to fight. Better yet, get kids in on the snack prep work. Include some dips and sides based on their ages that add more dimension to the snacks. Get clever and travel well!


Be Safe This Summer With Smart Silicone

Frego Admin - Friday, May 26, 2017


As we transition into summer, we create new routines and help our loved ones experience it to the fullest. We want adventure, independence, relaxation and time for reflection woven into their summer. With one caveat: we want them to be safe.

Caregivers walk the delicate line of letting our loved ones freely experience life and keeping them out of harms way. So as you’re planning fun camps and field trips for your kids or planning weekend visits or family reunions for your parents think safety and convenience rolled into one. After you’ve done your due diligence, organization and planning, send them off or set them up with meals and snacks that are fun and easy.

 Start by prepping and packing food safely in frego for all of their uses. We’re happy to share that our FDA approved silicone sleeve and SoftSnap™ silicone lid and our proprietary shatter-resistant glass bowls deliver on top-notch safety. Whether your kids or parents take it on the go, there is peace of mind in its ease of use. They may take it from fridge to microwave and table to dishwasher or even bake in it.

Silicone is just smart. But not all silicone is made alike.  Frego’s is BPA, PVC, polystyrene, lead and plastic FREE. We like to bend, flex and test our frego containers and lids. They bounce back with resiliency that retains their shape, thus you always get a tight seal between container and lid. Another bonus – the silicone doesn’t stain from contact with foods like marinara sauce.

We designed frego with safety in mind. We love that caregivers everywhere are choosing frego for safety and convenience for their kids and parents. Good luck in your summer planning – may you and your loved ones be #fretobe!



This Earth Day, Be freToGrow

Frego Admin - Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Keeping an open mind in today’s political environment can be challenging.  Aside from being armed with the facts when it comes to climate change, the next obvious question becomes what can we do about it?

The first steps are to look at our own personal consumption of materials and resources and ask where we can make changes to consume less. Suggestions, checklists and ways to go green are everywhere online, so whether it’s your office, home or community environment you’re looking to improve there are answers, alternatives and solutions in abundance.

In 2017, the question is less about if we as an individual in society are aware of options to go green and more about bringing others along in our green mentality. How can we be more vocal, share green practices with others and influence more change?

Green is creative. It goes beyond switching out lightbulbs (not to downplay the importance of this) to taking a thrifty approach in all aspects of our lives. Leading indicators to growth in green practices look to the sharing economy’s founders, activists and participants to ignite a fire under all of us.

The sharing economy is more than individuals making green purchase decisions, it’s a collective shift to an integrated green lifestyle that is capturing business and retail attention. As a growing number of consumers show their preferences with their dollars, business responds. Some site the obscene overproduction over the past decades as coming to an end as we usher in a third industrial revolution that produces products on demand and creative lifecycle uses for materials and resources. Let’s envision that future today.

At Frego, we play a part in this eco-friendly picture by offering sustainable food storage containers for a lifetime of reuse.  It might seem like one small component, but we touch on benefits like efficiency and reducing food waste. Use your frego to freeze, heat, transport food and you’re using less water and energy in the food prep process. Also, when you open your fridge to contemplate bringing last night’s leftovers to work or skipping it and buying something elsewhere, your brightly colored Frego looks like an appealing option, especially when you compare it to dingy plastic containers.

During earth month, we’re sharing some facts about plastic that might be of interest. This type of research prompted the creation of frego so we share it often. This excerpt is from a report published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University:

Today Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from garbage.

The rest ends up in landfills where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose, and potentially leak pollutants into the soil and water. It’s estimated that there are also 100 millions tons of plastic debris floating around in the oceans threatening the health and safety of marine life.

Relatively little plastic is recycled because there are various types of plastic with different chemical compositions, and recycled plastics can be contaminated by the mixing of types. Plastic waste is also contaminated by materials such as paper and ink. Separating plastics from non-plastics in the recycling process, and different types of plastic from each other is labor-intensive and so far, there has been no easy solution.

Studies like these and information on how humans are destroying the environment are not hard to come by. Again, we ask, what can we do about it?

In addition to making better choices for personal consumption, challenge yourself to take on some larger green initiatives and share them on social media and with your communities. Hold yourself and your family accountable and inspire others to make green choices.

How can you grow through an experiment like this? We’ll be reporting back on our initiatives using our #fretogrow hashtag on our social media. Chime in and let us know how you’re growing green too!