Compostable Containers Info & FAQ
We’re excited to announce the latest (and largest step) in our sustainability plan.
As you may know, plant-based food is inherently better for our environment (see article below) and we’ve always focused on making our business sustainable by:
- Composting our vegetable waste
- Recycling waste from our operation (this is rare for businesses in Dallas because we have to pay for private pick up)
- Using compostable smoothie cups, straws, utensils as well as salad containers made from recycled plastic.
- Using recycled paper products and environmentally friendly cleaning products in our kitchen.
But NOW, we are transitioning to compostable meal containers! The initial change takes place the week of August 9th including 50% of our menu! We will transition 85% or more within the next 3 months and then we’ll go from there.
We’ve researched and tested compostable containers since we started our business years ago, and the technology and selection has improved to make this possible.
We’ve put together an FAQ and we’d love to hear your feedback or any other questions – please let us know what you think!
- What’s different about the containers? The bottoms of the containers are made from various plant fibers and are safe to heat in the microwave. The lids are made from plant fiber or recycled plastic and CANNOT BE MICROWAVED.You may need to be more careful about handling the containers to insure food does not spill – see more about soups below.
- Do I recycle these containers or throw them in the trash? They are not recyclable but will degrade in composting facilities or landfills. They do take longer in a landfill but will degrade in a matter of months. So please throw them in your trash unless you have access to a commercial composting facility.
- Why not 100% compostable? We’re keeping the current containers for soups and pints of salad/sandwich fillings. The compostable containers’ lids are not tight fitting enough to transport the soups. And these containers have a much higher rate of reuse, so they’re more sustainable already.
- Can these containers be heated in the oven? Not at this time, but we will add oven safe containers as they become available in the sizes and spec we need.