A review on healthy, fresh food delivered directly to your home.
A look at recycling and actually being healthy.
Last week I signed up for one of those subscriptions that sends fresh food to your door along with recipes. It was supposed to make life easy, and healthy. Please continue to read about how it’s secretly just killing the world... Really!
We’re pretty busy people. We like eating healthy. But balancing long work days with getting to the grocery store and looking up healthy recipes for your new half ass vegetarian life style can be over whelming.
I had a coupon code to try this system out with a company that will remain anonymous, because in all fairness, they did do everything they claimed they would do. From here on out I will refer to said company as Box Food. So I signed up for my subscription with Box Food. They would send me fresh food in order to make 3 meals for 2 people every week for $60 a week, with free shipping and full instructions and recipes for each meal.
Ok deal, right? Free recipes, fresh food, healthy, vegetarian... that was worth $60 to me considering we can drop $150 in one week at the store.
I was so pumped. No shopping, no trying to figure out what to cook. No driving, no fighting crowds. No thinking. <--- And there lies the problem. No Thinking. Carry on!
I opted for the vegetarian box, because like I said, we want to try to eat less meat. This would really help us do that in a healthy, easy way. The box came nicely packaged exactly when it said it would. I was really excited to bring in the huge heavy box and reveal our next week, and what I thought would continue to be a weekly thing.
I pulled out 3 smaller boxes, one for every meal. I will admit- I was surprised everything we would need to cook a meal for 2 grown adults would be in these little boxes. But I continued to unpack. Everything was wrapped in a huge insulated bubble wrap bag. Hhmm. That's smart, I thought, we could reuse it to bring home freezer groceries. The top was separated from the bottom with cardboard and underneath that cardboard was 4 ice ice packs. That's why it was so heavy. Not full of food, but ice. The label suggested I could save them, so I stuck them in my freezer excited we got 4 ice packs out of the deal too.
Then I looked around.
I would break down the cardboard and recycle that. I could also recycle the smaller boxes and the paper packs the spices came in. But what would I do with 4 new ice packs wrapped in plastic the next week? And what would I do with that damn bubble wrap week after week?
Then it hit me.
I, personally, would recycle what I could. But how many people wouldn’t!? How many people would get this box, or bigger, weekly, and throw all of it’s contents contents / packaging away?
I was horrified. This healthier, easy alternative was going to end up in a landfill, just because my lazy ass wouldn't leave the house. No.
I haven’t tried any of the meals yet, but I’ve already canceled my subscription, immediately, with a comment that read how bummed I was about the packaging.
Again- is "Box Food" in the wrong? Not really. They did exactly what they promised to do. It’s lazy people like me who are looking for ways to cut corners and in the process- killing ourselves and the earth by giving the world another reason to send us more superfluous crap we don't need. We are in the wrong.
All I really need is a grocery list, and recipes. I can sacrifice 1 hour a week at the grocery store. I just need help on what to get. And guess what. It’s called Pinterest, or an app. And it’s free. No paper, no plastic. No waste. And in the process, I'll get out, I'll move, like people should.
If it's too easy, and too good to be true, it's not easy and it's not good. So don't do it.