There are a number of ways that the Red Apron tries to be a good environmental citizen. We drive electric cars, support local growers and producers, recycle cardboard, cans and bottles, save all our food waste for local farmers to feed to their pigs (trim, peel, etc.) to name a few. We detail these efforts on our website of you are interested in learning more.
We are working to eliminate all single use plastics in our shop. This means we have paper straws, biodegradable cutlery, paper shopping bags, spoons to stir your coffee, biodegradable salad bags, etc. Single use plastics end up in landfills or oceans, and slowly break down into micro plastics, causing harm to our oceans, animals and humans.
The challenge for consumers is that there is a lot of packaging out there that looks ‘green’ but isn’t. The biggest culprit is cardboard packaging which has a plastic liner. Many people think these products are more environmentally friendly than a container that is 100% recyclable – but it’s not. The product does not go in your green bin or your blue bin. It rightfully belongs in the garbage.
There is a lot of confusion about recycling plastics which leads to people putting items in their blue bin that don’t belong there, and items in their green bin that are not compostable. This CBC article does a really good job of breaking it down for you.
The Red Apron does uses two products for most of our packaging. Our fresh meal is largely packaged in 100% compostable boxes. These products go in your green bin, and are made from plants – inside and out. The food will only keep well in this container for 1-2 days, so if you are ordering the fresh meal and not eating it right away you should transfer your food to an airtight container BEFORE putting it in the fridge.
Our new partnership with Tilton, a Quebec based, family owned manufacturer of containers, is a relationship we are hoping to carry us into the future. Our goal for this relationship is twofold: replace ALL single use plastics with items that they manufacture which are made from 100% from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable in Ottawa; and where possible, to replace some of our containers with those that are made from plants, and are 100% compostable.
We continue to look for better and better solutions and we welcome suggestions and feedback from all of you!