With busy family schedules, it can be hard to find time to prepare a home-cooked meal every night. Meal kit services that deliver to your door all the ingredients needed to make a healthy meal from scratch have become increasingly popular. Most services, though, do not take into account the environmental impact on food sources, packaging, and delivery. Alternatively, here are six meal kit services that take sustainability into account:
Founded by a long-time chef in the Bay Area, Executive Chef Justine Kelly, Sun Basket focuses on providing the freshest and most sustainable ingredients from suppliers. The company only accepts antibiotic and hormone-free meat, organic eggs, and wild-caught seafood. The ingredients come sent in recyclable, compostable, or reusable packaging; the Sun Basket site features a page about how to recycle each component. Sun Basket offers a variety of plans for different dietary needs including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and diabetes-friendly menus. The price per serving varies from $10.99-11.99.
For a plant-based, vegan meal kit, look no further than Purple Carrot. Delivered in mostly recyclable packaging, Purple Carrot offers a way for families to incorporate more plant-based meals that will reduce your environmental footprint and will be an easy way to ensure your family is eating their veggies. Purple Carrot’s meal plans are offered in 2 serving and 6 serving options at $11.99 for the former and $7.99 for the latter.
Hello Fresh is one of the big names in meal kit subscriptions, and they have made significant commitments to source their ingredients from sustainable and reputable suppliers and to deliver them in recyclable materials. Hello Fresh offers a family-friendly plan for $7.87 per serving, as well as vegetarian, calorie smart, and traditional plans if you have older kids.
PlateJoy is a bit different from the others on this list, but it allows you to have the ease of a subscription without worrying about the delivery or packaging issue. Instead of having ingredients shipped to your door, PlateJoy assembles a meal plan with unlimited recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks according to your dietary needs and preferences. The service is affiliated with the grocery delivery brand Instacart for easier use, but regardless, PlateJoy gives you the full ingredient list where you can be as conscious of food quality and amount of packaging as you desire. A subscription with PlateJoy starts at $8 a month with an option to get your first 10 days free.
Green Chef has accomplished to be a truly green service by being a USDA Certified Organic Company and by balancing their carbon emissions with TerraPass. You can feel good about having your meals prepared and delivered to your door without worrying about your environmental impact. Green Chef only offers specific diet-friendly plans, such as keto, paleo, plant-based, and omnivore for their two-person serving plans. Family plans come exclusively in omnivore and carnivore options. While Green Chef may not be the best fit if you are a family of vegetarians, their sustainability efforts make it a great option for those free of dietary restrictions.
Freshly is an even simpler solution for dinnertime, as they deliver fully cooked meals that only need to be heated before eating. Their packaging is totally recyclable, and their meals are fully natural meaning free of artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, and artificial preservatives. Freshly plans are priced by the meal so it may not be the most cost-efficient option for large families but can be a great option for hectic nights that you might usually turn to fast food. Ordering by the meal does allow you to get exactly what everyone in the family likes, so picky eaters rejoice!