We’re excited to announce an update to our packaging: a transition to revolutionarily eco-friendly jute insulation.
What’s jute? It’s a renewable plant fiber that comes from Asia’s jute plant. Our new insulation is made from 100% recycled jute, derived from burlap sacks used to transport coffee and cocoa beans.
The insulation’s plastic wrapper is 100% recycled, and can be recycled wherever #4 plastics are accepted. The jute itself is completely compostable. Got a yard? You can compost your jute at home and use it in your garden! Here’s how:
- Make sure you’ve removed the jute’s plastic sleeve.
- Mark a 3-foot (or larger) square on the ground in your yard. Try to choose a place that gets both sun and shade on a typical day.
- Dig a hole in the marked area at least 6 inches deep, keeping the dug-up soil handy by the hole. Remove any large stones, roots, or debris from the pit and the stacked soil.
- Drop compostable items — like food scraps, garden clippings, coffee grounds, and other fresh organic material — into the center of the pit. Next, add items like dried leaves, chopped twigs, brown organic material, and your jute insulation liner to the pit.
- Every two weeks or so, turn the contents of the pit with a pitchfork or shovel, heaping material to the center of the compost pit. Add a shovelful of the set-aside soil to the compost each time you turn it. Use a long, sharp stick to poke holes in the pile, allowing air to reach the compost’s inner layers.
- If the pit’s contents become dry in hot weather, keep them damp by sprinkling water on them. Cover the pit with black plastic during any heavy rainfalls to keep it from getting soggy, weighing the edges of the plastic down with heavy bricks or stones.
- Once the compost is thoroughly decomposed and crumbly, it’s ready to bring nutrients to your garden! Mix it into soil, or place it around established plants.
Everyone at Green Chef is dedicated to environmental responsibility. We see the change to jute insulation as one important step in an ongoing journey toward a greener future.
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