Disposing of your Recipe Box

At Zested we are dedicated to delivering seasonal ethically-sourced and sustainably packaged meals. We’re proud to be working with some great packaging partners to achieve this.

As it stands 80% of our packaging can either be composted, recycled or is biodegradable. We are always testing new packaging and always working to be better with every round of boxes!

We’re proud to say that we have been awarded the Ocean Champion badge by Oceanic Global for our efforts, that include eliminating six pieces of packaging conventionally found in recipe boxes. 

Below we have listed each category of packaging and provided a guide as to how to responsibly dispose of it after you have finished using it. 

The Box and Insulation

The Enviro-Box and insulation are both roadside recyclable and can be put in with your cardboard recycling to be processed by your local authority. 

Alternatively, up-cycle them yourselves. Fill the box with soil and plant seeds in them. Make a robot costume. No judgement here. 

As we grow, our plan is to be able to collect them from you or provide an easy way to send them back to us so we can use them for your future deliveries. 

The Ice Packs

The ice packs are made from non-recyclable but sturdy plastic, which means that you’ll be able to refreeze them and use them again and again.  

Again, in time we’ll be running a service that will allow them to stay within the Zested cycle to be used again and again. 

The Paper Bags and Spice Pouches

All of our paper bags are biodegradable and can be recycled in your paper recycling, just be sure to peel off the little labels first. We are trying to work out how to make our labels more eco!

Alternatively, if you compost as home you can shred it up and mix it into your compost pile. The big recipe bags also make great grocery bags if you want to look like you’re shopping in the US in the 1950’s. 

The Containers

On occasion we will use our old compostable plant-based PLA (Polylactic acid) containers. They can technically be composted but requires a specialist facility to do so, hence us moving away from them for the most part. 

We use them on the occasion we need a slightly bigger container and are working to find a jar solution and stop using them. In the meantime, they are very durable and are great for keeping things fresh in the fridge.

The Salad Bags

Our salad bags are biodegradable and recyclable, although they are oil based. We have chosen them as they are the best way to keep produce fresh and eliminate waste.  

We are actively looking for alternative solutions but it is a priority of ours to ensure that food is delivered in the best possible condition to our consumers.

The Vacuum Pack Bags

At this stage the vacuum pack bags are made from a non-recyclable polymer. This is due to the nature of vacuum packing and the safety requirements of the meat and fish in the packs themselves.  

There are alternatives appearing on the market that are at an early stage of development. We are actively looking to test these products as soon as possible.

The Glass Jars

Even though these are more expensive than the previous solution, their eco credentials are incomparable. Endlessly recyclable and reusable, they are a welcome addition to our boxes!

They are also great for making really tiny amounts of jam and pretending you are at a boutique hotel in France. Travel with the mind if you can’t with the body.