1.) why don’t you package your greens in biodegradable material?
we launched organicgirl with a PLA (biodegradable) clamshell made from corn, but there were some downsides to this solution. there are few places you can take PLA containers to be composted (resulting in many being thrown in the trash). PLA containers may break down within three months, but they need to be in a controlled composting environment while kept at the right temperature and fed a steady diet of digestive microbes in order to do so. these containers take far longer to break down in a compost bin, or in a landfill which limits the materials access to light and oxygen which it needs for the breakdown process. PLA containers cannot be mixed with other plastics in recycling (also resulting in many being thrown in the trash), and the containers are made with genetically modified corn. after receiving a large amount of feedback about the difficulties that come with PLA containers, we decided to switch to using 100% recycled rPET plastic to package our greens. we are always looking for an alternative to plastic, but until one is found, please help us out and continue to recycle or upcycle our clamshells.
2.) are you doing anything to reduce the amount of plastic that you use?
we are always trying to optimize and improve our packaging solutions while producing and delivering the freshest, highest quality greens we can. last year, we worked with our manufacturers through months of trials to reduce the amount of plastic in each clamshell and we are continuing to test new materials that use less plastic and keep our greens fresh. we know this isn’t perfect, so we welcome all suggestions about ways to improve our product and its packaging.
3.) why can’t you package your greens in cardboard?
cardboard is not able to withstand the cold supply chain. in the time that it takes to get the greens from our facilities to refrigerated trucks to the grocery store to your fridge, cardboard collects moisture, grows moldy, and breaks down. you can imagine what that would do to your good clean greens!
4.) why don’t you sell your greens in bulk?
we package our greens after they go through our triple-wash process so that they arrive to you nice and clean. the packaging technology we use also keeps our greens fresh much longer than your average clamshell. if we were to sell our greens in bulk, it would pose both a food safety and quality issue–and that doesn’t sound good or clean to us!
5.) can you share some ideas for how we can reuse your packaging?
yes of course! our clamshells are great for a variety of crafts and as reusable tupperware! we have used them to grow herb gardens, to plant succulents, to wrap gifts, to pack food for a picnic or backpacking trip, and to store random odds and ends like office supplies or toys! check out our inspiration gallery below.