Here is how to recycle and dispose of packaging materials:
- Boxes - Break down the box and place curbside with your recycling.
- Insulation - The recyclable polyester fiber box liners and clean poly wrap are curbside recyclable in communities accepting LDPE4. The clear poly wrap is FDA approved for direct food contact and can be donated with used clothing at Goodwill and other collection centers. You can also reuse it as seat padding and package cushioning.
- Gel packs - Gel packs are made of 98% water and 2% Carboxy Methol Cellulose. Carboxy Methol Cellulose is a food thickener often used in food products, such as ice cream and toothpaste, and is nontoxic and non-allergenic. You can drain the gel and recycle the plastic. By the way, there are a number of organizations that love gel pack donations! Churches, shelters, Meals on Wheels, Girl/Boy Scouts and other such organizations may be able to use them.
- Food containers - our food containers are BPA free recyclable plastic #1. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly!
We’ve worked hard to find effective shipping methods that aren’t wasteful. If your town doesn’t recycle certain materials, or you’re interested in other options, check out Earth911.com for a list of recycling facilities near your area.