Waste Not, Want Not

Meal kits may be efficient, but are they eco-friendly? Since each meal is precisely proportioned to the cook’s needs, Blue Apron purports that its services work to reduce the 31% of post-harvest food that gets wasted. however, each ingredient is delivered in plastic baggies that must then be discarded. while every component of a blue apron package is biodegradable and recyclable, actually recycling them is no easy feat. for example, the kits’ small baggies are made of a type of plastic that most cities won’t accept for curbside pick-up. the ice packs, too, are only recyclable once thawed.

Terra’s Kitchen, another meal kit supplier, solves this recycling problem by shipping food in reusable containers that customers leave out for daily pick-up. As each meal kit company competes for a slice of the market, the creative application of technological innovations and mastery a complicated supply chain will ultimately set the strongest competitors apart.

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