Be Green

Green Chef is committed to using only the most cutting-edge, eco-friendly packaging to protect your food in transit.

Until truly "sustainable" food packaging is possible, we are doing everything in our power to make sustainability our bottom-line. By partnering with the Plastic Bank, we’re able to offset more than the plastic in every Green Chef box, which has a tangible impact on reducing plastic pollution in our oceans. This also creates new economic opportunities — the plastic bank pays locals in southeast asia to collect plastic that would otherwise end up in the ocean. We also belong to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, where we are fully engaged with industry-leading suppliers and innovators.

Our packaging and business model are designed to maximize efficiency in every sense of the word. You skip a trip to the grocery store, your food gets a shared ride to your home, and you save time not worrying about meal planning. We even offset the carbon emissions for every Green Chef box, taking into account all the operations, corporate travel, and of course, shipping required for each box. (Fun fact: Green Chef has offset the carbon footprint of every box we have ever sold!)

We are truly setting an example for the rest of the industry in our proactive approach to sustainability. Our partner, TerraPass, even wrote a case study about us!

Our Partners in Sustainability

Plastic BankTerrapassSustainable Packaging Coalition

Learn more about our packaging below, including how to reuse, recycle, or compost our packaging materials.

The following list includes items commonly found in Green Chef boxes; occasionally, different or additional packaging materials may be used. If the item you're looking for isn't listed below, follow the instructions on its packaging or contact help@greenchef.com for more information.

The availability of recycling and composting facilities varies depending on where you live. Find your local options here.


Cardboard Box

Cardboard Boxes

What's it made of?

Cardboard.

What can I do with it?

Break it down and recycle it with your curbside recycling or at your local recycling facility.

ClimaCell Insulation

ClimaCell Insulation

What's it made of?

ClimaCell is made of a proprietary plant-based insulator that is certified curbside recyclable, with a thin sheet of kraft paper on either side to hold it together.

What can I do with it?

Recycle the ClimaCell with your curbside paper and cardboard recycling, or at your local recycling facility.

Ice Packs

Ice Packs

What's it made of?

Our ice packs are filled with soluble, non-toxic gel. The outerlayer is made of #4 plastic film.

What can I do with it?

Save them in your freezer and reuse them, or store them at room temperature for later use. You can also donate them to local charitable organizations. To recycle, simply cut the corner of the pack, drain the non-toxic gel into the garbage, then rinse out the bag and recycle it wherever #4 plastic film is accepted.

Paper Bags

Paper Bags

What's it made of?

100% post-consumer recycled paper.

What can I do with it?

If a bag is clean and dry, reuse it or recycle it with your curbside recycling. If it's soiled, you can compost it at home or through your local composting facility.

Zip-Top Bags

Zip-Top Bags

What's it made of?

#4 plastic film.

What can I do with it?

Reuse clean bags (but be sure to dispose of any bags containing fish, meat, or animal products). Recycle them wherever #4 plastic film is accepted. Just remove the sticker, clean, dry, and drop off.

Paperboard Boxes

Paperboard Boxes

What's it made of?

100% recycled paperboard.

What can I do with it?

Recycle them wherever wet strength paperboard is accepted. Make sure the outer portion of the container is unsoiled and the inside is clean.

Plastic Jars

Plastic Jars

What's it made of?

#5 plastic.

What can I do with it?

Feel free to reuse these dishwasher-safe jars, but do not use them in the microwave. Recycle them wherever #5 plastics are accepted, including curbside recycling in many areas.

Sealed Packets

Sealed Packets

What's it made of?

Plastic film with barrier qualities to keep your food at the peak of quality for as long as possible.

What can I do with it?

A #2 or #4 recycling symbol on the label indicates it is recyclable at drop-off programs; otherwise, these are not recyclable and should be put in the trash.