At Dorothy's Power Foods, or ultimate goal is to be zero waste. And for our packaging, our goal is that it all be:
- Made from sustainably managed sources
Dorothy's Power Gruel is package in a PLA-coated container made from sugarcane fiber. We make the trade-off that it's not microwavable because that seems to be an acceptable limitation to people, particularly since they are doctoring it up. That trade-off of a slight loss in convenience helps us reach our environmental responsibility goals.
For delivery, put the individual serving size containers in a recyclable cardboard sleeve, so they are ready to stack in the refrigerator or freezer. Again, this provides packaging that's 100% recyclable, compostable and created from sustainable sources.
Plastic is a Global Problem. Food Packaging is a Big Contributor.
Of the ~78 million metric tons of plastic packaging produced each year (2018) globally, we recycle a mere 14 percent. That's probably optimistic. Lightweight and floatable, plastic that escapes collection flows into our oceans—nine million tons annually—most of it from developing nations that lack the infrastructure to manage it.
Experts believe the problem will get worse as those nations grow more prosperous and inevitably start consuming more packaged foods, and as many others in an increasingly convenience-obsessed world continue to purchase meal-kit and grocery services—which generate considerable packaging—and take-out. Read this enlightening article by National Geographic.
We encourage our customers to help by recycling all of Dorothy's Power Foods packaging.