These days, you can get pretty much anything shipped directly to your door. And while that convenience is tough to beat, it often comes with a steep cost to the planet: no sustainable packaging.
Maybe you’ve experienced the frustration of receiving a lone jar in an outsized cardboard box stuffed with yards of bubble wrap, or a single order that arrives in separate deliveries for each individual item. Aside from being annoying, this practice is incredibly wasteful, resulting in 32 million tons of trashed packaging piling up in landfills each year and 480 billion grams of carbon emissions polluting the air on a daily basis.
It is possible to balance convenience with eco-consciousness—we’ve made it our mission to do so. Read on to find out how we’re rethinking sustainable packaging and shipping to make sustainability a top priority, as well as how you can do your part.
Building a better market isn’t only about making healthy eating easy and affordable for everyone—it’s also about being kind to our planet. We’re mindful of the environmental impact of every step in your Thrive Market box’s journey to your door.
Choosing highly recyclable and reusable packaging materials is a top priority for us. You can recycle your Thrive Market shipping boxes (including the tape) and packing paper with other curbside recyclable items. These sustainable packaging materials range in terms of the recycled content they’re made of; we’re constantly seeking new innovations in compostable packaging that get your deliveries to you safely while treading as lightly as possible on the Earth, whether through sourcing new materials or improving our recyclable packing and shipping processes.
Here’s more information about how to recycle each part of your order:
Upcycling is taking something that’s perceived to have little or no value (like a used shipping box) and turning it into something even better . It’s also known as creative reuse, so in that spirit, here are some creative ways to give your Thrive Market eco-packaging materials new life after your box arrives.
Save yourself (and your wallet) a trip to the store and hang on to your Thrive Market delivery boxes—you never know when you’ll need one:
The resealable plastic bags that house fragile items in your delivery were chosen with purpose: they can be reused as green packaging. After you unpack, these bags come in handy for all sorts of tasks:
Corrugated cardboard (that crinkly paper material inside your box) and packing paper can also be reused:
Received a gel ice pack in your box to keep things cool? Those can live on:
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