Blue Apron’s ice packs go to landfills, tell them to make an ice pack recycling program

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Those two-pound ice packs Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and countless other meal prep companies use cannot be recycled or disposed of in a responsible way. It’s unclear if there is a more ecological option to the current ice-packs. But one thing is for sure: Blue Apron is the largest meal prep company. They could lead the way for the entire meal prep industry by creating an easy ice pack return and reuse program. Tell Blue Apron to take a big leap for the environment, create an ice pack return and reuse program.

For Blue Apron alone, these ice packs create an estimated 192,000 tons of waste every year. That’s the equivalent weight of 100,000 cars. All ice packs use a sodium polyacrylate powder that can absorb 300 times its weight. It’s used in diapers and for surgical sponges. It can’t be recycled, and it should not be dumped down the sink or a toilet - since it would cause serious plumbing issues. Instead these ice packs overwhelmingly end up in local landfills.

Most of our waste ends up in the oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the seas if nothing is done. Blue Apron could lead the way in environmental stewardship. Tell Blue Apron to save oceans and ecosystems - make an ice pack return system.

Blue Apron does offer a complicated return system for ice packs, but they do not provide any information on the number of meal prep subscribers who use their current program. Blue Apron could institute a ‘milk man’ style ice pack return system; where staff pick up used ice packs, or customers can easily ship back ice packs through included return postage. Meal prep companies are booming in popularity, over the next decade it could become a $5 billion industry. That boom would come with an increased amount of waste. Blue Apron could save thousands of tons a year in waste and create a new industry standard. Tell Blue Apron to create an ice pack return and reuse initiative that works for customers.

Blue Apron was founded on the principle of improving food systems and preventing food waste. Tell Blue Apron to stand up for environmental stewardship, create an ice pack return and reuse program.