You’ve heard it before—Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! We’re proud to say that all of our packaging materials are 100% recyclable, compostable, reusable, or a combination of the three. Take a look at how you can positively impact the environment by properly disposing of our packaging once you’ve enjoyed one of our delicious meals.

Recycle It

Feel free to discard all of these items in your curbside bin or recycle them at your local grocery store.

Recycle your Munchery containers

The inside is good for you, the outside is good for the planet.

Prepared Meal Packaging

Sleeves – Made of 100% recycled paperboard and slide right off the food container for easy disposal.
Food Storage Containers – Containers have a way of fitting inside of other containers and the same goes for this one. In the recycling bin it goes once you’ve taken out all it contains, including the lid.

Meal Kit Packaging

Meal Kit Boxes – 100% recyclable and can be broken down once you’ve removed all the deliciousness inside!
Liner/Insulation – 100% recyclable PET #1 (Polyethylene Terephthalate). There are no adhesives, PVC papers or contaminants making it the perfect candidate to join the recycling bin.
Gel Packs – Water-soluble, non-toxic, and non-hazardous. If you’d like to recycle, clip the corner, discard the gel in the trash, and in the curbside bin it goes!
Ingredient Bags – They’re packed with 100% fresh ingredients all wrapped up in a 100% recyclable bag made of plastic #4.
Recipe Cards – Today it’s your recipe card, but once it’s recycled, there’s no telling what it’ll become next.

Compost It

These items can be decomposed and turned into rich soil, so add them to your compost bin.

Compost your prepared meal trays.

When you’re done eating, you can throw the container straight in the compost.

Prepared Meal Packaging

Prepared Meal Trays – Save yourself a dish wash by eating your meal out of our trays. Still got a little bit of sauce left in the tray? Not a problem, it’s entirely compostable.

Meal Kit Packaging

Recipe Cards – If you don’t want to keep the card as a souvenir of the dish you’ve just devoured, your curbside compost bin will gladly take it off your hands.

Reuse It

Oh, the joys of having things that are multi-use. These items can be reused in all kinds of ways so keep them and let your creativity run free!

Prepared Meal Packaging

Meal Trays & Containers – Did someone say leftovers? After cleaning the container, use it to store other food for later in the week. Or stay in the spirit of Earth Day and use it as a pot to plant some fresh herbs like mint, basil, or oregano.

Meal Kit Packaging

Gel Packs – A day at the beach is even better when you’ve packed a lunch, so keep your gel packs and let those meals chill in the picnic basket while you soak up some sun until you’re ready to eat.

Going the Extra Mile

We donate our meals to make sure that we don't waste any food.

Eliminating food waste is pivotal in our quest for a sustainable food system.

Being mindful of how we dispose of our packaging is only half of the work we do in doing our part. It’s also imperative to us that we be cautious of how we impact the environment by minimizing food waste. According to DoSomething.org, Americans “generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.”

One of the ways we monitor our food waste is by using ERP or “enterprise resource planning”. Our online cookbook helps us carefully scale up our meals, telling us the exact amount of each ingredients necessary to make specific quantities of each dish. This way, we only use what is needed and nothing more. We also have introduced “Giving Programs” in every one of our markets to ensure that we are making the most of our food. In San Francisco, we partner with SF City Impact to donate all unsold meals to homeless guests and volunteer once a month to help deliver boxes of food to nearby neighborhoods. Not only does this help minimize our food waste, but it also creates the opportunity for us to connect with our community through meaningful conversation while sharing a meal.

 

With Earth Day behind us and the future in sight, think about some of the ways you can adjust your lifestyle to be more eco-conscious. Even something as simple as going paperless with your bills or turning off the lights when you’re not using them can help you start to build eco-friendly habits. If you need a little more help, check out this list of easily adopted practices that can help you do your part. So grab a friend, grab a plastic bottle, and Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!

Posted by Kevin Johnson

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