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ARK Reusables: Zero-Waste Takeout Containers

Together we can prevent billions of disposable takeout boxes from polluting the environment.

ARK Reusables: Zero-Waste Takeout Containers

Together we can prevent billions of disposable takeout boxes from polluting the environment.

$24,208
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
292
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 31 2019 11:32 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2019

About

The End of Plastic Waste Starts Here

We're all busy people, and grabbing food on the go is one way we save time and add a little joy to our day. But single-use plastic food packaging is a big part of the pollution crisis: believe it or not,  91% of plastic isn't recycled. 

That's why we created ARK Reusables takeout dishes. By switching from disposable containers to ARK Reusables, we can make a real difference in reducing food packaging waste.   

Desserts should never go to waste, and neither should food packaging.

Much Better for Takeout Than Other Containers

But aren't the at-home food prep and storage containers I already have good enough? No, that's why they mostly stay...at home.

ARK Reusables are oven safe, collapsible, portable, and are marked with tare weights and volumes.

The Real Alternative to Single-Use

So yeah, this is how a take-out meal usually ends:

What other options do we have? There are reusable food containers at home, but nearly all of them are intended for at-home prep. 

ARK Reusables are custom designed for takeout. They offer a real alternative to another piece of plastic in the trash, and they make a quick lunch a little more mindful.

Here's how it works:

1. Hand your ARK Reusable to the server at your favorite lunch spot. 

2. They fill it up with the delicious food you're having today. 

3. You slip the durable, spill-proof container into your bag (or use the provided carrying case), and you're off! 

No other containers make this much sense.

ARK Reusables collapse nearly flat, so they take up minimal space inside your bag, backpack, or purse. 

Collapses really thin!

They're full of thoughtful features that make them ideal for takeout.

  • Snap-on lids that attach easily, for a secure, spill-proof seal. 
  • Pop-open vents that allow steam to escape when reheating.
  • Adjustable dividers that snap in two positions (1000ml Dinner dish only).
  • Sauce dishes that button together for stability.

ARK Reusables come in standard sizes for lunch, sides, soup, or dinner.   

They're made of 100% filler-free silicone. That means:

  • They're BPA-free, phthalate-free, and completely food safe.
  • They won't stretch out, discolor, or warp—even with repeated trips through the dishwasher.
  • They can go straight into the oven, microwave, or freezer—no need to dirty another dish.
  • They're fully recyclable at end of life (and we'll help you do just that).

Each container is marked with all the info you and your food server need to know.

Collections include custom stainless steel cutlery and a clever storage/carrying case. 

  • The case is made from recycled PET, and wipes clean easily.
  • Slips into your bag to keep your ARK Reusables separate from your other things.
  • Holds everything you need, and converts easily into a carrier (no more plastic bags).
  • High quality stainless steel utensil set is designed for portability, with a knife that cuts through food, not silicone.

And ARK Reusables come in three gorgeous, fade-proof colors.

There's never been a better time to go zero waste.

Food service guidelines are changing. The State of California recently updated its health guidelines to specifically encourage restaurants to accept customer-provided takeout containers—a shift that's likely to spread quickly to other states and countries.

Restaurants love them. We've spoken with dozens of chefs and food vendors, and found huge excitement around reusable containers. The interest is there, it just needs the right system, the right containers, and a shift in how people think about waste.

"Packaging is a huge issue in the food world. When I learned about a food packaging solution for my private chef clients that can be reused for future deliveries, I was thrilled. Finally a solution that I feel good about." — Staci Valentine, Chef and Food Photographer (L.A. Mexicano), Los Angeles

"I believe reducing waste is something we all need to do together. Reusable food containers are a great way to do this and I am so happy that California just passed legislation supporting restaurants accepting reusable containers. I certainly plan on accepting them at Pomella." — Mica Talmor, Restaurant Owner, Oakland 

"Seattle has long been ranked as one of America's 'greenest' cities, and offering consumers environmentally friendly products is not just an 'option'. As takeout and delivery services continue to become a more integral part of the restaurant industry, Ozarka's reusable container services are a no-effort way to make our delivery service a zero waste experience." — Chris Cvetovich, Owner/Chef Patron at Nue, Seattle  


 Rewards at Every Level. Choose Your Reward Now! 

Retailers! If you're interested in carrying the ARK Reusables line, please contact us directly.

About Us 

Just having our zero waste lunch in ARK Reusables.

Hi! We're Beth and Michael Massa, cofounders of Ozarka, the company behind ARK Reusables. We've been passionate about sustainability and waste reduction our whole lives, but only recently realized there was something we could do about it—not just personally, but on a big scale. 

It started when we learned that bringing an end to plastic pollution meant tackling food packaging. Because it's so much of it: 91% of plastic isn't recycled.  Annually, more than 40% of plastics manufacturing is for packaging. Globally, less than 10% of plastics are recycled.  Plastics frequently used for food packaging total more than 130 million tons of waste every year. 

That's what convinced us to step away from long-standing careers in intellectual property law (Michael) and project ownership at Microsoft and Amazon.com (Beth), and focus full-time on bringing an end to single-use plastic pollution.

We believe that reuse is the best way to manage packaging waste. That's why we approached award-winning product designer Michelle Ivankovic about creating a series of portable food containers that are beautiful, durable, and a joy to use. It's our way of helping everyone take matters into their own hands (see what we did there?), to make it easier to do something we already want to do. 

We're all in this together! And together we can make a huge difference in reducing food packaging pollution. 


 A small change in habits means fewer trips to the trash can. 

Who is talking about ARK Reusables

Risks and challenges

Some vendors might be hesitant to accept reusables. In partnership with a leading restaurant advisor based in San Francisco, we've written guidelines to help all vendors feel confident in accepting reusables.

This is our first custom designed product development. For the last three years we have been importing and distributing reusable off-the-shelf containers to restaurants for deposit systems. We're experienced in buying and delivering these products, and we will be working with our reliable supplier who has also delivered numerous successful Kickstarters. We are well connected with the resources needed to get this done, from factory to logistics to delivery.

Our product uses existing, well established manufacturing techniques.

We're good to go, people.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

ARK Reusables are designed to be exceptionally durable, with high-quality 100% silicone construction, and a minimum of parts and connection points.

Reusability and recyclability

ARK Reusables are expressly designed with reuse in mind, with the potential to keep thousands of single-use plastic containers out of the landfill. The silicone they're made of is also recyclable, and we're currently working to develop a reclamation system for ensuring they get recycled at end of life.

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    A small discount, as a way of saying thanks for being part of the solution (before everyone else does).

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    Out for Lunch

    Everything you need for a quick run to your favorite taco truck, poke shop, or salad bar.

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    Going the Distance: $10 Savings

    Same great lunch container, plus cutlery and a custom storage and carrying bag. You’ll never need single-use anything ever again.

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    • Stainless steel fork, spoon, knife, and chopsticks
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    What's for Dinner?

    Multi-course dining, anywhere you want to take it. A bigger food container with internal divider, plus separate containers for first courses and sauces.

    Includes:
    • 50 ml (1.7 oz) sauce/condiment container
    • 350 ml (12 oz) soup/salad container
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    Dishing it Up ($20 Savings)

    The full collection of dishes, excluding the carrying case and utensils.

    Includes:
    • 50 ml (1.7 oz) sauce/condiment container
    • 350 ml (12 oz) soup/salad container
    • 500 ml (17 oz) side dish container
    • 750 ml (25 oz) lunch container
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    I'll Take One of Each ($20 Savings)

    The full collection. For when you want to be prepared for anything, and go all in on zero waste.

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    • 350 ml (12 oz) soup/salad container
    • 500 ml (17 oz) side dish container
    • 750 ml (25 oz) lunch container
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    Welcome To The Team ($150 Savings)

    The best new-hire or holiday office gift. Do something great for your employees, express your commitment to reducing waste. And have a lot less trash to handle after lunch.

    This collection includes six of every item in the collection.

    Includes:
    • 50 ml (1.7 oz) sauce/condiment container
    • 350 ml (12 oz) soup/salad container
    • 500 ml (17 oz) side dish container
    • 750 ml (25 oz) lunch container
    • 1000 ml (34 oz) main dish container with removable divider
    • Stainless steel fork, spoon, knife, and chopsticks
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