First, we try to make every shipment as efficient as possible. Part of the reason we require an order minimum - it takes the same amount of fuel to deliver 1 soup as it does 6. We also use different box sizes based on order size, saving unnecessary space and weight.
We’re also green materials where we can. Our cardboard shipping boxes are 100% curbside recyclable. The insulation we use, GreenCell Foam, is backyard compostable, water soluble, and even safe to burn cleanly. It’s made primarily from cornstarch, and is produced with 70% less energy and 80% less greenhouse gases than typical foams.
The plastic pouches we use are not recyclable. Finding a material that is both food-safe and strong enough to handle freezing and shipping presents quite a challenge, and is one that we are constantly working on. Until we find a better solution, one of the reasons we chose a flexible plastic pouch is that it will collapse after it’s used and take up less space in a landfill. We are also working on options to source our tape from responsibly green companies. Last, shipping uses fossil fuels, period. There’s just no getting around that. But, we are looking into carbon offset programs to see what we can do to mitigate that.