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5 sustainable meal kit delivery services for easy weeknight dinners

These environmentally friendly meal kits make weeknight dinners delicious.

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Cooking can become a chore that no one feels excited about. If you’re caught in this transition as back-to-school season begins, switching to a nutritionally-balanced, delicious meal kit delivery service may help. We test and retest meal kits throughout the year to help you pick the service that’s right for you. Some work better for specific diets, and some are better for the environment than others in terms of ingredients and packaging. Here are sustainable meal kits you can shop right now.

1. Hello Fresh

On the left, a box packed Hello Fresh meal kits and some fresh produce and a recipe card are on a counter. On the right, a bowl of tomato pasta is in the center.
Credit: Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh offers a good variety of meals for everyone.

HelloFresh prides itself on producing less food waste than grocery stores by precisely portioning the ingredients that go into each recipe. The meals are organized in paper bags within the larger, recyclable cardboard box for easy access and clarity when it comes time to cook. This packaging is an eco-friendly improvement over other companies’ plastic bags.

Meat and fish are kept cold using cold packs filled with water soluble gel so that when you’re ready to dispose of them, simply defrost, empty the pack’s contents down the drain, and recycle the plastic package. Meals are $8.99 per serving for two people ordering at least three meals a week, and $7.49 per serving for four people ordering at least three meals a week.

Get HelloFresh meals starting at $7.49 per serving

2. Green Chef

On the left, a person is lifting a box of Green Chef meal kits and on the right, some ingredients are on display, including asparagus, farro, peas, squash, dried cranberries, and more.
Credit: Green Chef

Green Chef's ingredients are fresh and pre-proportioned.

Green Chef earned its certified organic badge through its sourcing practices: all ingredients are free of GMOs, pesticides, and antibiotics. Similar to Hello Fresh, Green Chef claims to produce less food waste than big box stores through its pre-portioned ingredients, which means you’ll use up everything you receive in the package.

The packaging is relatively eco-friendly, as both the cardboard and plastic (#4 plastic film) components can be recycled. Taste-wise, our tester was satisfied with all the meals she tried. She also made note of the large serving portions that left her with leftovers for the next day.

Get Green Chef meals starting at $7.11 per serving

3. Sunbasket

A box of Sunbasket meal kits, which include fresh leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and recipe cards.
Credit: Sunbasket

Sun Basket is our favorite vegetarian meal kit.

Sunbasket is one of the top-rated meal kits we’ve tested, thanks to its customer-friendly recipes, short prep time, and wide variety of meatless meals for vegetarian and vegan eaters. Sunbasket prides itself on its approach to making sure its business model has a reduced impact on the environment. For instance, all of its packaging is recyclable or reusable, including the plastic bags and films for packing meat and fresh produce.

Get Sunbasket meals starting at $8.99 per serving

4. Home Chef

A plate of pasta with seared sea scallops.
Credit: Camryn Rabideau

The Home Chef Protein Packs contain high-quality meat, and you can't deny it's convenient.

As one of the best meal kit delivery services we’ve tried, Home Chef has a lot to offer to its hungry customers. During testing we were impressed with its freshly-sourced ingredients, easy recipes, and a wide selection of meals, which now also include oven-ready options that came with cooking trays. Plus, most of Home Chef’s packaging is recyclable.

Get Home Chef meals starting at $6.99 per serving

5. Daily Harvest

On the left, a person is holding a cup of Daily Harvest smoothie filled with frozen berries and figs; on the right, a handful of cups of Daily Harvest smoothies are on display.
Credit: Daily Harvest

Each Daily Harvest smoothie is loaded with fruits and veggies.

If you’re too busy with work and can’t be bothered to turn on the stove, Daily Harvest is a great solution for getting the necessary nutrients into your diet. Unlike a traditional meal kit that sends ingredients for you to cook, Daily Harvest does the cooking for you. You’ll receive a cup packed with delicious cooked ingredients and you’ll puree or blend them into a meal. Nearly all of the ingredients are organic and Daily Harvest takes eco-friendly packaging very seriously, so everything is either biodegradable or recyclable.

Get Daily Harvest meals starting at $11.99 per serving

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