Good question! We chose this packaging because it’s by far the most environmentally friendly material.
We use post-consumer plastic, which means the plastic has had a prior life. By giving it a second life in our meal containers, we’re saving thousands of pounds of plastic from ending up in our landfills and oceans.
While compostable containers might seem like the more sustainable option, that is not the case. There are two major types of compostable containers—those made from paper-based pulp and from plant-based plastics. Pulp or paper-based containers are often lined with resin, which then makes them no longer compostable and becomes waste. Both types of materials require the use of a specific composting facility (this isn’t your backyard composter!) which is not available to most people in the US—in fact, there are only about 200 of these facilities in the entire country. Adding to the issue, plant-based plastics are not recyclable. Thus, even if you want to compost or recycle the containers, they most likely will end up in landfills—where they take just as long to break down as a plastic container or any other waste (up to 1,000 years!).
In addition to the effects on the environment, neither material allows us to provide the highest level of client experience at this time. We are committed to ensuring your food arrives fresh and temperature controlled, for the crispest greens, the freshest fruits and the most beautiful, delicious meals possible.
This is why we’ve chosen to use post-consumer recycled plastics at Sakara. We encourage you to recycle our containers after you’ve enjoyed your meal! With your support, we can make sure their life continues and the plastic never finds its way into our landfills or oceans.