Meal kits are synonymous with excessive packaging, but they have a crucial redeeming feature — they reduce food waste. At Just Salad, that got us thinking: Could we drastically reduce packaging to make meal kits an unambiguous environmental win? When Just Salad began developing a meal kit business this year, I felt the weight of the task before us. To my mind, meal kits were synonymous with excessive packaging — 3.7 pounds more than an equivalent grocery store meal, according to one study . Meanwhile, Just Salad is known for its stance on single-use, and we are not fans: Our Reusable Bowl program keeps millions of containers out of landfills each year; and at orderjustsalad.com, customers must opt in for disposable utensils. But meal kits have a crucial redeeming feature — they create less food waste, a major driver of climate change. That got me thinking: Could we drastically reduce packaging to make meal kits an unambiguous environmental win? Could we display the same level of innovation toward meal kits as we had with Just Salad’s Reusable Bowl program? We decided to try. Our first step was to review academic research on existing meal kits’ environmental footprint. This led […]

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