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Sun Basket Meal Delivery Sets a ​High Bar​ for Healthy, Sustainable Eating

Sun Basket Meal Delivery Sets a ​High Bar​ for Healthy, Sustainable Eating
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There are a lot of meal delivery companies out there, and while most of them offer great food for a decent price, not all meal delivery companies are created equal with regard to sustainability practices. Enter Sun Basket, a meal delivery company that truly makes it easy to cook responsibly: Not only does the company offer a host of clean and organic food options, but they also set a high bar when minimizing their environmental footprint.

In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the sustainable home cooking options that are available through Sun Basket.

Sun Basket Meal Delivery: Company Overview

It's impossible to talk about Sun Basket without mentioning Justine Kelly, aka Chef Justine. As Sun Basket's executive chef, she's the one who develops each recipe and ensures wholesome, delicious flavors in every box that's delivered.

Chef Justine has an amazing track record that includes a role at Slanted Door, an award-winning restaurant in the San Francisco area. From her time in the restaurant world to her current role at Sun Basket, Chef Justine has developed a strong reputation for championing the very best, most sustainably sourced produce, seafood, and meats.

She has brought her commitment to healthy, environmentally responsible, and farmer-friendly cuisine to Sun Basket, a meal delivery service that's defined by its very admirable corporate values:

  • First and foremost, the company is devoted to meals that taste good, relying on clean and high-quality ingredients.
  • Sun Basket is a certified organic handler, and is committed to providing patrons with ingredients that are well-sourced and 100 percent organic, all the time.
  • The company offers meal plans that accommodate a range of lifestyles and dietary choices, including paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and more.
  • Sun Basket champions sustainability, from its compostable packaging to its partnerships with eco-friendly farms and fishermen.

These are just some of the reasons why Sun Basket stands out from other meal delivery services. Now, let's take a closer look at how some of these values play out day-to-day.

Sun Basket’s Sustainability Practices

There are a number of ways in which Sun Basket proves its commitment to sustainability, starting with its partnerships with farmers, fishermen, and ranchers:

  • Chef Justine has always been known for ensuring thoughtful partnerships with local agriculturalists, and she's brought that ethos to Sun Basket. The company is steadfast and judicious in sourcing farms, partners who pioneer sustainable practices such as crop rotation and water efficiency.
  • Similarly, the Sun Basket team shows great care in the fishermen they choose to work with, only selecting seafood providers who ensure low-impact fishing methods that preserve natural populations and ecosystems.
  • Sun Basket also sources its meat from ranches that treat animals with respect. (They provide only antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, and organic eggs).

These are just a few examples of how Sun Basket ensures that its wholesome and delicious meals also promote good stewardship of the environment.

Corporate Citizenship at Sun Basket

Additionally, make note of the ways in which Sun Basket demonstrates responsible corporate citizenship.

Specifically, Sun Basket does a lot to give back and to reinvest in local communities. It does so through a partnership with Feeding America, as well as key relationships with local food banks. They also have various employee programs that allow them to be a force of good in the world.

This, combined with their support for independent and sustainable farms, shows that Sun Basket is serious about modeling good corporate citizenship. Simply put, this is a company you'll likely be able to support without qualms of conscience.

Sun Basket Values

What About Packaging and Recycling?

One specific concern about sustainability is packaging. After all, Sun Basket delivers meals in a box, which can't help but produce a lot of physical waste. What steps do they take to ensure eco-friendly packaging?

  • All Sun Basket packaging is recyclable and/or compostable.
  • Sun Basket also lists a lot of ways in which their boxes can be reused around your home.
  • Reclaimed denim is used as insulation.
  • Ice packs may also be reused in various ways.

Another note: According to Sun Basket, making trips to the grocery store each week creates far more greenhouse gas emissions than using a meal delivery service. Also be aware that, by getting pre-set meals, the likelihood of food waste or ingredient spoilage is quite low.

Sun Basket Meal Delivery Pricing

A final topic for consideration is pricing.

  • Recipes cost anywhere from $11 to $13 per serving; the price goes down depending on how many recipes you opt to get each week.
  • You may also choose to get either two or four servings with each recipe.
  • An order may be as low as $52 per week, or as high as $175; again, the price is determined by serving number and recipe number.

The Bottom Line

Over the past several years, home cooking has made a big resurgence… with a contemporary twist. Thanks to the rise of meal delivery services, anyone who wants to make their own meals at home can do so, with relative ease. Most of these services work in roughly the same way: They allow you to denote some basic dietary preferences, as well as the frequency with which you'd like to receive your meals. Each meal is then shipped in a box, with all the ingredients you need as well as clear, accessible instructions. You can then make your own delicious meals without the hassle of recipe sourcing, going to the market, or ensuring the right quantity of ingredients.

Sun Basket isn't the only meal delivery service out there, but it may be the most impressive with regard to its commitment to eco-friendliness, sustainable agriculture, and astute corporate citizenship. That their meals are also filling, delicious, creative, and reasonably priced only makes the company more appealing.

If you're looking for a way to cook at home more regularly, and with less impact on the environment, Sun Basket is a meal delivery service that deserves your attention.

Josh Hurst is a journalist, critic, copywriter, and essayist. He lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and three sons. As a writer an independent reviewer of CBD products, Josh covers the relationship between cannabis-based products and the human body. His writing has appeared in Health, Shape, and Remedy Review.

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