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We are taking the Covid-19, your health and our environment very seriously. Hence we have re-designed our packaging to almost completely eliminate plastic from the packaging as plastic can carry infectious Coronavirus for 48-72 hours whereas on cardboard it gets eliminated in 24 hours (the usual transit time to you).
"The study suggests that people may acquire the coronavirus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. Scientists discovered the virus is detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel." (New England Journal of Medicine, Study by University of California - Los Angeles, March 20, 2020)
Apart from safety concerns, we have to ensure that the packaging is such that your vegetables and fruits remain fresh from cold and heat, maintain optimum moisture and are free from damage during transportation. Hence we are now using 100% Recycled material for your boxes even though it is more expensive to use - Cardboard, Compostable bags/clamshells and Hay (Grass) fillings.
Note: There has been no similar study that we know of about Compostable bags. But these bags are primarily made from Corn Starch i.e. plant material so it would intuitively mean less chance that Coronavirus could stick to it for as long as on plastic.
To keep you Safe, the Produce fresh and the Environment healthy requires your cooperation. Please read below. Kindly give special attention to "Recycling", "Notes", and "Packing Costs".
1. Outer Box - The outer cardboard box varies in size as per how much you order each week. But we try to ship each box within 35 lbs as lifting more than 35 lbs is back-breaking as well as chances of damage to box during transit increases. So more than 35 lbs would be shipped in 2 separate boxes increasing the shipping costs.
Recycling: Save a couple of large boxes each month for shipping some packing material back to us (more on this later), rest you may trash in the Recycle trash can.
2. Insulation/Padding: We are going to use our Farm Hay instead of plastic Bubble Wrap. It is basically dried grass that our cows eat through the winter months. We cut the long pasture grasses during the summer months and store in Hay Bales. Hay packing keeps vegetables free of damage, it provides insulation, and it absorbs excess moisture. Grass has been used in India for packing from time immemorial. And no studies have come out yet to show that Coronavirus can survive on grasses or vegetables.
Recycling: You may use this hay as mulch in your garden beds, you may compost it or just throw it in the Recycle trash can.
Note: In season 2019, we had been using bubble wraps, plastic bags, de-moisture packs, etc. all of which could not be recycled. All this has been removed by using our farm fresh Hay. But the downside is that sometimes the hay may have some dead dry insects or other farm materials. So please wash and dry your vegetables (you may leave them outside for a couple of hours to dry) before putting them in the fridge or before eating. Vegetables may spoil faster in the refrigerator if there is moisture present.
3. Dry Ice Gel Packs: [The Only Plastic] Some of the vegetables and greens need to remain extra cool in the summer months. So we include some Dry Ice Gel Packs in the box to maintain the temperature cool.
Safety: This Gel Pack is sanitized before sending to you. Moreover, we take extra precaution to pack this Gel Pack separately from the main vegetables. The Vegetables do not come in touch with this Gel Pack.
Recycling: You may keep putting these gel packs in one of the larger Outer Boxes that you would save (see pt. 1). Even though we take sanitary precautions at the farm, please handle with care. Once every 8 weeks, we would send you a return label for you to send the box back to us. Please do not throw these packs in Recycle trash can or in the garbage. On their return, we will sanitize them and reuse them.
Packing Cost: These Dry Ice Gel Packs are expensive. They are also hard to disintegrate in normal garbage. Hence to ensure that these Ice Gel packs are returned back to us we pay for the return shipping costs. If these Gel packs are not returned to us, we will deduct $2/pack from your next week's credits.
4. Compostable Bags: We use compostable bags to maintain freshness of some vegetables, to keep some vegetables in a bunch, and also so that some loose greens do not come in contact with hay.
Recycling: You may compost this bag - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.
5. Compostable Clamshells: We use compostable clamshells for packing some fragile produce so that they remain together and not get damaged.
Recycling: You may compost this clamshell - it will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.
6. Small cardboard box: For some fragile vegetables and fruits we use small cardboard boxes with additional hay packing inside.
Recycling: You may compost these boxes - they will disintegrate in a few weeks. Or you may throw it in the Recycle trash can.
7. Small Recyclable Containers: For cooked food, sauces, dehydrated vegetables, chips, etc. we use small recyclable containers.
Recycling: You may throw these in the Recycle trash can.
Packing Cost: $10/week (includes packaging material, sanitizing, return labels, labor)
To be able to keep your family safe, your produce fresh and our environment healthy we deduct this amount from the available credits per week.