Countering the Cost of Convenience – Medium

Written by Rachel Boagey

eal kits have found a place in the market — and in our kitchens — because of their convenience, but also because they provide much-needed creative inspiration to those repetitive cooking routines.

Unfortunately, this convenience often comes at a devastating cost to the environment.

Since its invention and widespread introduction into the economy, plastic has become a valuable material for businesses and consumers. So much so that we have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic around the world.

Every single year, Canadians alone throw away 3 million tonnes of plastic waste — and around 29,000 tonnes of plastic finds its way into our oceans, streets, and parks. If businesses continue at this rate, we would have produced enough plastic waste globally to double bag the earth in 30 years’ time. One culprit can be found in the increasingly popular meal kit companies that traditionally wrap individual ingredients in single-use plastic, delivered in an insulated cardboard box with non-recyclable plastic ice packs.

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