Zero stress, zero waste

We all love a meal that is prepared for us, but when it comes wrapped in single-use plastics that end up deteriorating in landfills and the ocean, the fun of being a lazy foodie (hey, no shame in it) tends to be overshadowed by the damage that is being done to the environment.

Vancouver-based meal kit service Fresh Prep is aiming to change this with a first-of-its-kind Zero Waste Kit made up of fresh, pre-cut, and pre-portioned ingredients in a reusable container with BPA-free, reusable plastic and silicone parts.

Fresh Prep’s meals are delivered in reusable, insulated and sanitized cooler bags, and their meals are made up of seasonal ingredients—all with the aim of reducing their impact on their environment.

Food delivery options have been rising in popularity during the pandemic, and meal kits such as those offered by Fresh Prep have become a staple part of the menu for many households. The kits come with a recipe on how exactly to turn the ingredients into a delicious meal, taking away the headache of finding a recipe, planning the meal, shopping for the ingredients and the right amount of each, and then often ending up with wasted uneaten food for a meal that looked better on Pinterest. It’s an easier and more guaranteed way to whip up a tasty meal that many people have embraced while being stuck at home due to COVID-19.

While the food and beverage industry has a long way to go in providing sustainable packaging options (see Environment 911’s article on the brand names that are the biggest plastic polluters on the planet), this new trend of meal convenience must get ahead of the curve while it is experiencing a boom. Fresh Prep’s new Zero Waste Kits are an indication of where the prepared meal industry can and should strive to head.

So the next time you’re stressing about what to make for dinner or scrolling through Pinterest overwhelmed by all the too-good-to-be-true recipes, consider Fresh Prep’s Zero Waste Kit as a way to ease the pressure off your cooking skills and the environment.