Meal delivery service adopts compostable packaging

Los Angeles-based meal and cleanse delivery service uses compostable containers made from sugarcane and corn, recyclable glass bottles, and reusable bags and ice packs.

Kore Kitchen's meal containers are made from bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane processing.
Kore Kitchen's meal containers are made from bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane processing.

Kore Kitchen is taking great strides to make meal delivery more environmentally friendly with less waste and harm to the environment. The curated and nutritionally designed Los Angeles-based meal delivery and cleanse company has recently switched to glass and biodegradable packaging and is promoting zero waste and low-impact living to its consumers.

Kore Kitchen’s new meal containers from Sabert, are made from bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane processing. The container is not laminated, allowing it to break down quickly in any commercial compost. The containers can also go directly in the oven to warm meals. Kore Kitchen’s salad dressing containers, Greenware from Fabri-Kal, are made of compostable PLA that also breaks down in a commercial compost facility.

For its smoothies, Kore Kitchen is using recyclable glass bottles, and plans to collect and reuse these bottles. All of its meals and cleanses are delivered in reusable bags with reusable ice packs.

Kore Kitchen founder Meryl Pritchard says she recognized that one of the biggest issues with meal delivery is the amount of single-use plastics used to get meals delivered safely to clients. “There is an unbelievable amount of waste that goes into delivery service, and once I was aware of the effect that this waste had on our planet, I knew I couldn’t let my business contribute to it.”

In addition to the launch of new, more environmentally friendly packaging, Kore Kitchen is also promoting zero waste in the kitchen. The company recycles and saves compost material as well, and transports it to a composting location. Located at LA Prep, a food production business incubator, Kore Kitchen has coordinated with LA Compost to do a trial run at the kitchen to see if it is possible to service the whole facility.

All cleaning products used by Kore Kitchen are now organic, chemical-free options that are safe for their team and the planet. The chef shops at the famer’s market using reusable bags to reduce packaging waste, which is inevitable even when purchasing from a bulk distributor. Furthermore, the company makes stocks and broths from all leftover produce to reduce food waste and increase efficiency. Kore Kitchen’s meat meal delivery option also only uses sustainable meats that have a lower impact on the environment.

“We’re in a state of emergency when it comes to global warning and climate change, and it’s getting worse every day,” says Pritchard. “Luckily through our actions we have the ability to change the affect and heal the planet. Any business can be a catalyst for change.”

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