Packaging Disposal Guide
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
We take our commitment to environmental responsibility very seriously.
Of course, that commitment manifests itself in a number of ways. Responsible harvesting practices, fundraising for fishery conservation, and education and advocacy efforts are part of how we care for the pristine habitats that produce a seafood bounty. We also utilize a barge-to-truck supply chain (rather than flying) to help curb our carbon footprint.
Even though we are a small company with deeply rooted environmental stewardship values, we can’t overlook the impact of our packaging. The fact is that the regulations on seafood and the nature of premium frozen fish in particular necessitate a lot of packaging! But we’ve made tremendous progress toward making our packaging as low impact as possible.
Packaging Materials and Disposal Instructions
Carboard Boxes and Paper
Our boxes are made from 70% recycled material, are Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified, and feature bio-based, non-toxic ink.
We only print on 100% post-consumer waste, sustainably sourced paper for our newsletters, recipes cards, and print materials.
Box and Paper Disposal
Our cardboard boxes and paper are recyclable with your paper recycling.
Don’t forget you can also reuse – a.k.a. Upcycle – our boxes! Our members have found all sorts of fun and creative ways to repurpose our packaging. We’ve heard they make great building blocks for a cardboard fort, a pretend spaceship, or even a cozy hiding spot for a cat. We’ve also seen our members turn them into spice organizers, storage organizers, and gift wrapping.
If your box arrives with brown paper insulation, it is ClimaCell. ClimaCell insulation is made from renewable plant-based components and paper and is the only insulator to receive the How2Recycle “Widely Recyclable” mark.
There are a lot of recyclable materials out there. Unfortunately, most of them end up in waste streams that don’t get reused. ClimaCell is designed to be repulpable alongside cardboard, a product that is recycled 93% of the time (compared to plastic, which is only recycled 9% of the time).
Brown ClimaCell Insulation Disposal
Please recycle our insulation with your paper and cardboard recycling.
The reality of modern seafood production is such that using plastic packaging is inevitable. As packaging technology develops or as regulations are revised, we hope this will change.
The vacuum-sealed packages surrounding the fish are essential from a regulatory standpoint, and they’re also essential from a quality standpoint. Creating a tight seal around the fish is paramount if we are going to home-deliver it to you and preserve it in our freezers in a way that honors the delicate, premium quality of wild seafood. The plastics used in this quality seal are BPA, BHA, and PFAS free. But we’re sad to say that the only available packaging options that serve this purpose have to be thrown out, although we are actively looking for compostable or recyclable alternatives. Currently, we have yet to find one on the market. If you know of one, please let us know!
To dispose of the vacuum-sealed fish packaging, please throw them away in your trash disposal. A quick rinse of the bag will prevent any fishy smells from developing.
Dry Ice Safety
It is possible that there will be dry ice leftover in your shipping box. Do not handle the dry ice with your bare hands. It is cold enough to freeze skin on contact.
For your safety, please let the dry ice evaporate completely away from children or pets. Place in a cooler or on a non-porous surface such as stainless steel or concrete.
This information is also printed on our boxes and on the dry ice bags.
PACKAGING AND DISPOSAL FAQ
Can I return my boxes to you?
Per seafood regulations, we cannot reuse your fish boxes. If possible for you, we ask that you simply recycle or repurpose the boxes yourself.
What's the best way to make sure the plastic, vacuum-sealed fish packaging doesn't stink up my trash?
Once you remove the fish from the bag, rinse out the plastic before throwing it away.
Can I ship your shipping boxes and insulation back to you?
We are currently unable to receive used shipping boxes and insulation.
Why is there so much insulation and packaging for your deliveries?
Shipping frozen fish across the country is a logistical feat. We need a generous portion of dry ice along with efficient insulation in order for UPS to deliver our fish frozen solid to your door. We’ve done the research, and we’re confident that the way we do it has the smallest packaging footprint possible. Still, we revisit this every year and are always looking for ways to reduce our waste.
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to answer them.
Thank you for taking the time to responsibly dispose of our packaging. Our mission and vision for a better seafood system wouldn’t be possible without your help!