Our Approach to Packaging:
At the core of V+B, we are foodies on a mission to protect the natural world. As the old adage goes, we’d like to leave this world better than we found it. This brings us to packaging, and the unfortunate reliance on plastic within the food industry. Yes, plastic is moldable, lightweight, durable and monetarily inexpensive. However, plastic pollution is a spiraling negative externality that has produced seemingly incalculable damage. Roughly 9.2 billion tons of plastic have been produced, of which only 9 percent has been recycled. Why is this? Simply put, plastic is not biodegradable, and every piece of plastic ever made is still on this earth.
Needless to say, we were motivated to find an alternative. A little research and an open mind went a long way. We stumbled upon an incredible organization by the name of World Centric. Launched in 2004 by Assem Das, World Centric specializes in creating zero waste solutions in an effort to reduce environmental impact. All of our meals are served in WC compostable bowls made entirely from plant based fibers.
Three main components of V+B Package:
- Black V+B Bag
- Ice pack(s)
Note: we conduct bag and ice pick ups during each delivery. Simply leave your bag in the same location that you receive your V+B Meals.
What happens if a driver forgets to pick up my Bag and Ice-pack?
In the case that one of our drivers forgets to grab your empty bag, let us know and we’ll schedule an additional bag pick-up. We recommend consolidating additional bags and ice packs into one bag. This makes the collection process more efficient for our drivers.
Container Collection Add-on
For those that do not have access to compost services, we offer a compost add-on for container collection. The add-on is priced at an additional $2.50 per week.
For new customers, an option to “join our compost program” will appear towards the end of the checkout process under “Your Cart”.
For those that already have a subscription, once logged in to your account, click "my subscriptions" and scroll to the bottom of the page to view/add the compost option.
This cost helps to offset our partnership with Devoured, another DC-based business, which composts our packaging, as well as providing our customers with biodegradable bags, and the work that goes into the whole process.
You will receive one compostable bag inside your V+B bag at the beginning of the week on Mondays. Use this bag to fill up containers and lids through-out the rest of the week. Place your filled compost bag in a V+B bag outside your door for pick-up the following Monday.
Note: Make sure that used containers are rinsed. Please do not include additional food scraps :)