Each bowl salad package from Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac, including the insert that separates proteins and condiments from leafy greens, contains 60% post-consumer recycled content.
That works out to just more than one recycled 500-millileter beverage bottle per package, according to a news release.
In 2012 Ready Pac launched organic Bistro salads plus new stock-keeping units for its conventional line and some new private label bowl salads.
“We have made continuous improvements over time to create a more sustainable bowl salad package, and the net effect is we’re making a significant contribution to helping the environment,” Tristan Simpson, director of marketing and corporate communications, said in the release.
The bowls and inserts are produced in plants using 50% solar power. That saves about 0.3 kilowatt hours per package, the company estimates, an amount equal to running an energy-saving 26-watt, 1300-lumen bulb for 26 hours.