They’re currently packaged in a resealable plastic bag. Over the past couple of years, our food waste reduction efforts at Imperfect have grown rather tremendously, and we’re so excited to have reached a point where we are saving more than just produce! We’re now offering dried fruits, nuts, and other pantry items that would have otherwise gone to waste, but unlike apples and kale, these products do require packaging for food safety, optimal freshness, and longer shelf life.
The best material we have found for this so far is plastic. More specifically, a PET (polyester) film plastic which has the ability to prevent spoilage due to its effective oxygen barrier, heat resistance, and durability. The properties that make this material most effective are the same ones that prevent this plastic from being recyclable or compostable. Our research into other materials has shown that at the moment, the recyclable and/or compostable plastics on the market are not feasible for keeping our products in a predictably edible state. While we are always working on more sustainable options, there is currently no unified consensus around a “most sustainable packaging” that allows food to be kept fresh and out of the trash. However, we will continue to look into these alternatives, and as soon as an all-purpose option comes out, we will be one of the first to use it!
This is a complex issue, and we aim to be as transparent as possible about our process, our products, and our decision making as a company. We would be bummed if we put all this energy into saving these foods from being thrown away after production just to ship them to you and have them be thrown away, which is why we’ve also made these packages resealable. This way you can eat just a few pieces or enjoy a whole bag without worrying about the items staying fresh!