Making V-Grits as environmentally friendly as possible is a no-brainer for us. Not only will it always be a priority, we’ll also offer tips and advice for how we can all leave a lighter footprint.
Clean, cardboard boxes are always recyclable. Simply set them out with your weekly recycling or drop them off at your local facility.
We use Jutebox for insulting our boxes - to keep the veggies fresh on their roadtrip from our kitchen to your home. It’s made from 100% recycled plant fiber from burlap bags, that were used to carry coffee beans. Pretty neat, huh? It can be composted in your backyard, or with your curbside yardwaste pickup. The plastic surrounding the Jutebox is code 4, which means it can be recycled at your grocery store along with your plastic grocery bags.
Our produce bags are 100% compostable. If you don’t composting at home, they are approved for curbside yardwaste pickup. If you do, they’re great for lining your kitchen compost pails. Made in the USA.
Our plastic containers are made from 100% renewable resources - plant-based plastic (like corn and potatoes)! They are compostable at your local facility. Or keep them for your leftovers. You can also use them to store your dry goods, like beans, grains, nuts, or bulk spices.
Find your closest commercial composting facility here: www.findacomposter.com There are 2 within 15 minutes of our hometown of Louisville, KY.
By the way - we never recommend microwaving plastics
The mini zip bags are also made from plant-based plastic and compostable at your local commercial composting facility.
Our bottles are made from food-safe plastic and can be recycled. Rinse, and and toss them in with your curbside recycling. Or reuse them to hold your salad dressing in your sack lunch! Hand-wash.
GreenWrap is the stuff we sometimes use to cushion our fragile herbs. It’s a fantastic alternative to bubblewrap, and 100% biodegradeable, compostable, and recyclable.
When you see the recycling symbol with a 1 or 2 on a plastic container, it can be included in curbside recycling. Grocery bags are usually a 4 (they may not be marked) and need to be dropped off at a grocery store. Unfortunately most recycling programs do not recycle 3, 5, and 7. On the upside, the amount of post-consumer recycled plastics has increased every year since at least 1990. Let’s keep up the good work and continue striving to leave a light footprint.
Plant-based plastics can take different length of times to totally compost based on their material, and are meant to be composted in a commercial facility where higher composting temperatures can be reached in under 180 days. In summary, it would take a looooong time in your backyard.
Materials that end up in the landfill are all around us and can be hard to avoid. V-Grits will make every effort to use the most eco-friendly options available. We’re hopeful that eventually commercial composting facilities will be easier to access, and even have curbside pickup. Until then, we recommend reusing containers at home when possible, and collecting items to take to facilities when it’s convenient for you to drop them off. Here’s a handy website to find your closest commercial composting facility: www.findacomposter.com
Want to start composting at home? Here’s a great place to learn the basics: www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/.