Inspired Greens living lettuce has made it a priority to reduce the use of plastics since its inception, it states. The company has operated since June 2017, and has reduced its plastic use by packaging its living lettuce in a sleeve rather than the domed clamshell. According to Inspired Greens, greenhouse lettuce has been traditionally sold completely encased in a plastic container in North America.
“Retailers across North America are thrilled with our open sleeve concept for living lettuce,” said David Karwacki, Chief Executive Officer of The Star Group of Companies, which built the Inspired Greens greenhouses. “The beautiful presentation brings the produce department alive, and the massive reduction in plastic has been a home run.”
Inspired Greens shared that it has produced in excess of 15 million heads since its inception. According to their calculations, With the use of recyclable plastic sleeves they have effectively transformed 2 million pounds of hard dense plastic to under 100,000 pounds of recyclable sleeves.
“This is just one item in the produce department, but everything helps. Inspired Greens has reduced plastic by 20 times,” said Karwacki. “All in an effort to have fresh lettuce that has taste, is trusted, and produced in a very sustainable way.”