It's not news that meal kit delivery services are having a moment: Between companies like Blue Apron, Marley Spoon, Purple Carrot, and many, many others, there are more ways than ever for home cooks to get boxes of premium groceries delivered to their doorsteps. But as consumers experiment with the options in this ever-expanding market, one common concern is the way that the kits are packaged. Most are sent in cardboard boxes; and many companies use small plastic bottles to transport individual servings of oils, vinegars, and spices.
After a week of experimenting with a variety of meal kits, writer Marisa Meltzer found that she "was monopolizing my building’s recycling bins," she wrote, in a piece for Food & Wine.
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As Meltzer notes, companies have become recently become more conscious of their environmental impact. Plated uses recyclable liner bags in its boxes, and Blue Apron is working on packaging exchanges. Now, new entries into the marketplace are putting a premium on low-waste packaging—and companies like Terra's Kitchen are using this angle as a selling point in what is becoming an incredibly competitive marketplace.