Happy Earth Day, Ambitious Fam! This week, I am going to be sharing sustainable tips and habits that can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
One of the sustainable changes that I made this year was the incorporation of Imperfect Produce into my grocery shopping routine. Why is that a sustainable choice? Did you know that about 20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year!? Some of the reasons include the inability for farmers to sell produce to grocery stores due to surplus, coloring, shape, or scarring, even though the produce is perfectly safe to eat. In response, Imperfect Produce set out to reduce food waste, support farmers, and help the environment (read more about their mission here). Through their work, they were able to do the following:
You can see why I was excited to join the cause! I’ve been able to make an impact with every box purchased since I joined in January!
So What is Imperfect Produce?
Imperfect Produce is a meal delivery services that until recently, only delivered a selection of fruits and veggies at a discounted rate. The “ugly” produce is sourced directly from farms, which encourages seasonal eating. You can sign up for an organic box or create a box that is a mix of both organic and conventional products. Prices vary based on your selection and frequency, but I have personally have spent less than $30 each box (sometimes, a lot less!).
A couple of weeks ago, Imperfect Produce started adding pantry items to their services. These items, like the produce, are seen as imperfect due to surplus or labeling issues. My first experience with the non-produce items (featured picture) was great! It exposed me to David’s Killer Bread Epic Everything Bagels at a reduced price! I had never come across the organic, non-GMO bagel topped with flax, chia, sesame, poppy, garlic, and onion (drool!). It also contains 12g of protein!!
How does it work?
Once you set up your delivery preferences (I get a small organic box every other week), it is very simple! You will be emailed when your customization window starts, and then you can start adding and subtracting things from your box. The customization window is about 24-hours long, and you can edit your box as much as you like in that time frame. Pro-tip: set a notification for your customization window so that you can claim the good things before they’re gone! After that, you just have to wait a few days until the box is delivered to your door! Don’t need produce this week? You can always skip delivery to avoid getting charged.
Ok, but how is the service?
AMAZING! On delivery day, you receive a text when your box is in route to your house, then another when the box arrives. It gives me peace of mind to know exactly when the box is arriving so that I can arrange to take it inside of my house. In addition, the one time that I had a delivery issue (it was delivered to my building’s office instead of my door), the customer service team at Imperfect Produce was so pleasant and extremely helpful. A quick phone call was all that it took to fix the issue. They even followed up with me the following delivery day to ensure that the mistake did not happen again.
I waited to review Imperfect Produce on my blog because I wanted to ensure that I genuinely loved the service (this is NOT a sponsored post btw). Honestly, I have been nothing but pleased with the company, the quality of the produce, and customer service. I’m a fan of box services that save you time and energy. In addition, Imperfect Produce has made it easier (and cheaper!) for me to incorporate organic fruits and veggies into my diet. If you want to see my experience with Imperfect Produce over the last 4 months, check out the “Imperfect Produce” highlight on my Instagram page!