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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! 

Luckily We have a Better Option for Food Storage

Frego Admin - Thursday, March 16, 2017

We cannot contain our excitement about providing a healthier, safer, sustainable food storage option! We feel lucky to have consumers that care about the same things we do – safe container handling, sustainable materials and a product that works to meet so many needs.

If you’ve noticed, there are a lot of food storage container options out there. We did a quick sweep of our local wholefoods store shelves and we looked at online shelves to survey consumer preferences over the past year. Are we making progress in the move to sustainable?

One indicator of progress would be less shelf and online space for the likes of plastic containers. The shift is slow, but we believe it is happening. We continue to work on education and the notion that consumers would entirely replace plastic containers with better options. Currently, it seems that even consumers moving in the direction of omitting plastic may still own a mix of containers made of various material types, including plastic types like Gladware for certain occasions.

We press onward.  We know that the global food container market features a highly fragmented vendor landscape and intense competition in terms of product variety and cost.  Frego comes in on the higher end in quality and price due to its multifunctional features , lifetime warranty and sustainability.  Our product fits into the category of glass food containers among a whole host of options including paperboard food containers, bags and pouches, plastic food containers, metal food containers and raw materials food containers.

Consumers definitely have options. When they go to retail shelves and online to review and select, it’s clear that the increasingly sophisticated consumer is demanding convenient packaging that is easy to carry, store, and allows ready consumption of food. Couple this with the rising number of women in workforces, increased number of families consuming packaged foods, and a vast surge in double-income families, and we find that all trends point toward healthy growth prospects of the global market for food containers (source: Transparency Market Research).

 As frego stays simple and true to its product and value proposition, you can bet we’ll be sharing the product benefits of visual appeal, ease of portability, convenience, and freshness protection with the marketplace. We believe there are opportunities to differentiate via packaging and harness the excellent branding real estate and exposure food containers provide.  Stay tuned for some of these types of enhancement by frego in future months.

Thank you for being informed and choosing your food storage container options wisely. With any luck, we’ll shift to sustainable through education, design, environmental concerns and consumer spending power.  It’s in your hands – go green today! 

The Significance of Sending Lunch to School

Frego Admin - Monday, March 06, 2017

Extra-circulars and jam-packed evenings of demands are making the nightly sit down family dinner a rarity. This can be problematic on many levels. Not only is proper nutrition in question, but the quicker pace at which we eat, our distractedness and the timing of when we eat in relation to our activities are all off kilter.

All of these behaviors have implications for our children’s health and wellness. I remember my mom not being as concerned about the nutritional value of my school lunch because we were eating most dinners at home. We had nutritionally balanced meals and conversation at the table. Together. 

Many children today aren’t getting the benefits provided by having an evening meal in this fashion. On a positive note, the absence of a quality sit-down evening meal brings the importance of lunch to the forefront. Parents quite possibly send their kids off to school with lunch made at home solely because they want to know what’s going into their little ones’ bodies. They seek higher nutritional value and better options for their kids.

An additional benefit of homemade meals to-go is the connectedness preparing a meal for someone else, like our children, can bring us.  It’s an act that should be treasured and appreciated for its significance.

Frego celebrates parents who prepare meals to send with their kids to school and enjoys playing a role in people’s everyday lives. Parents prep and pack meals in Frego, write a name or even a message (with easy erase to write something new the next day), and kids enjoy it over their lunch.  The child’s feeling of being cared for a loved via the experience of that meal is meaningful. Parents might also take great pride in the thoughtfulness and time it takes to prepare it as well as a having a sweet little thought of their child around lunchtime amidst their busy work day.

So here’s to thoughtful, caring parents and the meals they prepare, pack and send with their children. It’s important and we thank you for doing a your part to inspire us all!

New Package Design: Fre of Confusion

Frego Admin - Thursday, January 12, 2017

With a mindfulness that comes with January as a season of new starts, we might be paying more attention to labels. Perhaps we are scanning nutrition labels on foods for healthy eating purposes. Or maybe we’re getting organized an assembling a desk for our home office that comes with a large packet of directions. In any case, it can be frustrating to encounter packaging, labeling or directions that leave you with unanswered questions about the product or its uses, especially if it’s a more technical product with multiple or compatible uses.

At frego, package design and labeling has always been of the utmost importance. Upon product launch four years ago, we made choices like avoiding plastic wrap so we could expose the product to touch to convey its quality.  We also made our lifetime warranty promise to replace the product should the highly resilient borosilicate glass happen to break. Lastly, we showcased all of frego’s functionality in a colorful, easy-to-read bulletpointed “fre” list:  fre of plastic, fre to heat, fre of breakage and fre to go.

The marketplace and consumers continue to evolve. In response to these changes and frego’s learning over the past four years, creating and unveiling a new package design in 2017 is timely. We’re excited to share that we’ve moved from a horizontal wrap to vertical wrap that takes advantage of each side, including the product’s vertical side that’s often front and center on the retail shelf.

Enhanced visuals that show the product’s individual parts (glass bowl, lid and silicone sleeve) and collective use as a complete food storage container are more apparent. The larger, main panel reflects the product design and safety, setting it apart from other food storage containers in the market. In a bold move away from a softer blue, frego accents in navy punch up the bright pastel palette to command more attention on the shelf.

We’ve called out our quality product on an eco-friendly level before using the language, “fre of plastic.” With more and more consumers becoming educated about the detrimental health impact of toxics in the environment including our everyday products, we updated our language to “fre of toxins.” Our concept of frego as a revolution in food storage remains. You’ll continue to see our prompt to Join the Revolution on all of our package design along with our social media icons. We invite our consumers to follow us and find other eco-friendly brands and consumers for sources of information and inspiration to live better.

Overall, we believe it’s an improved version of our packaging that helps consumers discern frego’s value proposition among a vast array of choices in food storage containers and systems. Please share your thoughts with us on the new packaging. We’d love to hear from you!

Loving Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Frego Admin - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Food safety definitely comes into play over the Thanksgiving holiday. The big bird might sit out longer than the two-hour recommended maximum for perishables.  Relatives might double-dip into the cheese fondue. The mashed potatoes might mingle with the cranberries for too long – and while that might not be a food safety issue, it’s definitely not appealing.

This Thanksgiving, in addition to your meal presentation consider how you divvy up the leftovers after the big meal. Start by ensuring perishables are put in their place within two hours of their original serve time.  Use glass containers that are no more than two inches deep for cooling and for the best-tasting leftovers, store one item per container.  Be sure you label the container with the date (eat within four days) and either the contents or the name of its intended end-consumer.

Frego’s design makes following these U.S. food safety guidelines easy, fun and then some. Choose a two or four-cup size frego container for each of your dinner dishes, add your leftover item, seal it up with the silicone lid and label on top of the container or if you choose to add the colorful sleeve during food storage, add your label to the sleeve side for in-fridge visibility.

The “and then some benefits….”

If Thanksgiving has your caloric intake out of whack, frego’s two cup containers are the perfect guide for portion control. See the Glamour magazine review here.

If the same guests attend your Thanksgiving feast each year (your kids home from college), they can bring their own frego and walk away with more leftovers!

If you’re left with so many leftovers that make it impossible or unappealing to consume by Tuesday, frego goes right to the freezer without issue (consume within two months), while other plastic containers will send your leftover bird into the freezer-burn zone in no time.

Reheat and eat your leftovers in the same container as you will surely be tired of washing dishes after the Thanksgiving meal.

We are proud to do our part in providing you a better food storage alternative for easy and safe consumption of your Thanksgiving leftovers and every meal. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Like Magic - Frego Keeps Hands Safe While Handling Hotness

Frego Admin - Thursday, October 20, 2016

It’s like magic! A soup heated at 100% for 2:00 minutes in a microwave is removed with bare hands that attest the container is cool to the touch.

How can this be? It’s a little bit of the magic behind frego. Frego was designed with safety in mind. That’s why the inner container of glass does all of the work in heating up its contents while the exterior FDA silicone sleeve surrounding the glass remains cool and calm at room temperature. The sleeve extends an extra few millimeters beyond the top glass edge just to ensure the hands don't burn.

With safety at the heart of frego’s mission and design, we are happy to serve an audience of caregivers of young children and aging adults who previously had limited options for their loved-one’s safe handling of heated foods. With frego, hands – childlike or elderly – are protected.

As agile, functioning adults, we might take for granted our swiftness and confidence in heating up foods, transferring them from a hot oven or over-the-stove microwave. Not all of our population experiences this. Many struggle or are at risk to complete the basic task of safely heating up foods. We found The American Burn Association’s Scald Injury Prevention, an educator’s guide, very helpful in detailing some science and environmental factors while suggesting ways to prevent scalds or burns.

Young Children

The guide points out that young children have thinner skin resulting in deeper burns than adults for the same temperature and exposure time to a scalding substance. The proportion of a child’s body that is exposed to any given amount of a scalding substance is also greater: the same cup of spilled coffee will burn a much larger percent of a small child’s body. Small children also have little control of their environment, less perception of danger and less ability to escape a burning situation on their own. Children grow fast and can reach new, dangerous things every day. They do not realize that hot liquids burn like fire.

Selected Scald Injury Statistics for Children

  • Approximately 21,000 children were treated for scald burns.
  • Among children ages 4 and under hospitalized for burn-related injuries, an estimated 65% are treated for scald burns.
  • The total annual cost of scald burn-related deaths and injuries among children ages 14 and under is $44 million. Children 4 and under account for more than 90 percent of these costs.

Older Adults

Older adults, like young children, have thinner skin so hot liquids cause deeper burns with even brief exposure. Their ability to feel heat may be decreased due to certain medical conditions or medications so they may not realize water is too hot until injury has occurred. Because they have poor microcirculation, heat is removed from burned tissue rather slowly compared to younger adults.

In addition to young children and older adults, people with disabilities are also at a higher risk for burns and scalds. So with those reminders, who among your family and friends could benefit from a little extra care and precaution in food prep and transfer?

This October, be safe. Check out the Scald Injury Prevention guide, which also includes some great specific tips for microwave scald prevention including a suggested age 7+ to operate a microwave.  

This October, prep your kids’ or parents’ meals in frego, knowing that they’ll be able to safely heat up your hearty vegetable soup and enjoy all of the flavors of fall. Just like magic.

Fridges of Coworking and Office Spaces Everywhere Need Frego

Frego Admin - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One look inside the fridge at my co-working space and I’m saying, “Frego, people…c’mon.” Have we not evolved past guessing what lunches have been in there and for how long and dealing with other people’s messy food situations? Despite the grand-scale diligence, rule enforcement, reminders and sometimes public shaming of known leavers of leftovers too long -- unorganized, expired contents and fridge mayhem happens every day!

At our co-working space, the community managers often have the daunting task of fridge enforcement. The fridge, despite frequent purges and regular cleaning fills up quickly and foods are forgotten just as quickly. I am guilty! Just today I brought in leftovers for lunch and couldn’t quite finish them so one slice of fiesta flatbread remained as I dashed out the door to make it to yoga. My intentions were there… I even stopped, pausing in the kitchen where I could NOT remember my intended task of grabbing my leftovers in the fridge because I wouldn’t be back for a week. This is how it happens people.

Fridges in co-working spaces across America are suffering.  And co-workers like me, who have a five-day a month membership and choice of four locations, are exponentially contributing to the problem. Let Frego help. In addition to being commuter-friendly in their leak-proof design, Frego food storage containers are labeling and relabeling-friendly.  With a dry erase marker, found in any smart co-working space, you can write on your Frego container. It easily wipes clean when you are so inspired to write a new message. Might we suggest writing an expiration date, your name and a smiley or threatening face (do not touch my fancy restaurant leftovers) on your Frego.

Frego will keep your fridge colorful, labeled with contents that are easily stackable.  Obviously, this delightful, organized vision of a fridge can work in homes across the country too, but we’re starting the vision with co-workers, co-working communities and commuters.

Share with us, co-workers and commuters: what does your fridge look like and what are your worst nightmares? How do you see Frego improving your fridge situation? Submit your pic and a brief story by October 31 to win a set of Frego containers. We look forward to helping you do your part in contributing to your co-working kitchen and maintaining healthy relationships with your co-workers!

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Frego for Moms and Busy families

Frego Admin - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Frego products featured in The CW6 News Segment of "Super-Mom's Must Have Back to School Guide". Thank you!

The ABCs of Back to School Lunches

Frego Admin - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The ABC’s of Back to School Lunches

Alex. Brianna. Claire. Your darling ones -- eleven, nine and seven. Suddenly summer is over and it’s time to think about back to school.

For parents who enjoy knowing exactly what their kids are eating, summer is great for fueling kids with an abundance of fruits and vegetables and meals made by you (or your child for that matter!). It can be daunting to send them into environments, like school, where you have less control over their exposure and options. Just know that while there’s not much you can do to protect them on the playground, you can control what they eat each and everyday.

Inevitably, back-to-school time begs the question: What are they going to have for lunch? Are you going to commit to packing a lunch for them or having items on hand that they can assemble and pack for themselves? Are they going to eat school lunch? Or maybe it is a combination of home and school lunches for them. There is no end to the possibilities and options you could consider. And given variations in school food protocol and that each child may be distinctly different based on food allergies and pure personal preferences -- you have your work cut out for you.

Frego to the rescue! We have had all of these same thoughts and challenges. We’ve channeled them into the thoughtful design of our food storage container system so you’re not left wishing your current containers were more versatile. Here’s a little schooling on how Frego addresses your back to school concerns with our six S’s:

  1. Sight: Our clear glass containers made of borosilicate glass that won’t ever shatter, keep your food in plain sight and make lunch visually appealing for kids and easy to find for parents.
  2. Size: Our 2-cup size is perfect for younger kids and tweens; while teens and up might opt for our 4-cup size as their appetites grow. With flat containers they stack up well for backpack transport.
  3. Sleeve: Our glass container then fits into our colorful sleeve for non-slip grip for all around convenience in portability. 
  4. Snap: Our snap and seal lid is made of silicone that won’t ever warp, crack or stain so you get a perfect fit that’s easily sealed and leak-proof.
  5. Scribe: Our containers have a writeable surface! Use a dry erase marker to write whatever you like then simply wipe it off with a wet paper towel and repeat. Alex. Brianna. Claire – they all get theirs.
  6. Smiles: Our brightly colored containers make eating on the go fun and appealing. Truly for kids we know this goes an exponentially long way. Everyone’s happy. Everyone smiles at lunch time: )

When you add up the benefits of Frego, it’s the right answer. We love to see parents free up their energy for back to school lunches so they can focus on selecting and preparing the healthy mix of foods. We also like to remind them of a significant and surprisingly overlooked benefit: Frego containers are non-toxic! Here are some of our favorite school lunch food resources:  Good Housekeeping, Weelicious, and The Organic Kitchen. You can also find tips on back-to-school from one of our favorite moms, SuperMoms360, in her Back-to-School Guide.

Homework assignment: Snap a photo of your #FreLunch and share it on @FregoLiving – Twitter or Instagram.

Here’s to back to school functionality and fun!

Fun Green Ideas for Kids

Frego Admin - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Do you love to find new and unique ways to be green in your home? We do too!

If you love the idea of being more green at home but don't think you have the time or energy, don't be scared away! Being eco-friendly doesn't have to be a difficult and time-consuming thing ... and it is something we are super passionate about. (No surprise there, right? ;) ) 

So naturally (no pun intended) we just love finding new and unique ways to bring "go-green" efforts into the home » especially when the kiddos can be also involved » and they love it! 

Our frego kids are all about finding new ways to help protect the environment so we thought it would be fun to share a few of our ideas with you. (We do have to admit ... there are times when these eco-friendly little ones would rather take a bath than shower, and we all know that isn't the BEST way to conserve water. But hey, sometimes a bubble bath is in order, right?!)

Build a Compost Spring cleaning isn't very far away. While cleaning up your yard, build a compost pile and teach your children the benefits of the pile and what can be added to it. You can even bring this activity inside by composting kitchen scraps too!

DIY Recycled Bird FeedersWe're already hearing the birds chirping away as the snow melts, and we're sure they're hungry! Why not draw them into your yard with a recycled bird feeder?? It's a super fun activity the whole family can join in on » crafting them and watching the birds flock to feed. Try making your feeder from a recycled tin can, ketchup bottleor even a wine bottle!

Plant a Garden Here's another chance to recycle » and yet another cute mason jar idea! Plant an herb garden. Give each jar it's own herb and tag and watch the seeds sprout and grow! (And then enjoy using them in your cooking too, of course!) This is a great way to teach your children about the importance of sustainability and show them how to properly use each herb in the kitchen. 

(We know there are some cat loving frego fans out there so we have to mention » you can grow catnip this way too!)

Ready to make every day Earth Day with us? Share your awesome green ideas and activities with us over on Twitter » we'd seriously love to hear from you!