Our mission is to create a sustainable global food system, and you’re already part of it by eating meat from plants. The environmental benefits of eating an Impossible Burger instead of beef from cows are vastly more substantial than any impact made by packaging. Plus, depending on how you shop and how far you live from the grocery store, home delivery may actually have a lower environmental footprint than purchasing Impossible Burger at a store! That said, we’ve carefully selected packaging options that have minimal impact on the environment without compromising on food safety or quality.
When you receive your first package of Impossible Burger at home, you might think “that’s a lot of packaging!,” but there’s more to sustainable shipping than meets the eye. Each piece of packaging serves a purpose, and it all comes back to keeping your purchase frozen until you receive it.
- The foam you’ll see first when you open the box is green cell foam, and it acts as insulation. It’s made from cornstarch and is compostable (however the thin plastic encasing it should be thrown away). If green cell foam isn't available, we'll substitute it for another recyclable or compostable packaging material.
- Next is dry ice-- the only material that will keep perishable food completely frozen in home delivery transit. Worried about the carbon it emits? The dry ice packed with your order is solid CO2 that is re-captured from industrial processes and does not present a new source of emissions. Dry ice should be handled with care, and will naturally evaporate if left in a sink or other well-ventilated area that is out of the reach of children and pets.
- Finally, you’ll see another box that contains your order. The second box offers insulation and protects the product packaging itself from the extremely cold dry ice-- it’s so cold that it could crack the product packaging if the two are in direct contact.
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