At New Seasons Market, developing new and innovative ways for you to shop with us more sustainably is an ongoing priority. In the last few years, our focus has been waste reduction through recycling, packaging, and reuse systems.
One of our goals is to reduce single-use packaging at our stores. While single-use packaging has become the standard in the food service industry, its negative impact on the planet and marginalized communities is a norm that needs to be rewritten. But the truth is, we can’t do all this hard work on our own.
To help us create scalable solutions to address this issue, we’ve partnered with the folks at Bold Reuse to bring you more reusable container options for to-go food. Trailblazers in the reusable movement, Bold Reuse are building systems that create zero packaging waste inspired by the regenerative systems found in nature. Redefining the future of packaging and serving the planet through a circular economy is their mission—and we’re 100% in support of it.
Bold Reuse provides and maintains the resources, infrastructure, and logistics for a reuse program at all our New Seasons Markets. Their system allows customers like you to sign up for a low-cost membership, shop, and enjoy take-out and bulk foods without creating single-use waste. The light green Bold Reuse containers are located at our produce and deli departments, as well as some of our favorite self-serve areas like the bulk food aisle, olive bar, and of course, the cookie bar!
Plus, their membership is pretty easy to use. Here’s how it works:
You’re gonna need your phone for this—download the Bold Reuse app on iOS or Android. Next, choose your subscription plan, with monthly or yearly pricing options. With your subscription, you’ll receive a number of credits equal to the total number of reusables borrowed at any one time. Their most popular plan is under $100/year and includes two containers, and unlimited borrowing and returns.
Fill up your reusable container and check out via the Bold Reuse app. At New Seasons stores you’ll find a unique Bold Reuse code posted. Enter the code to check out and be sure to show the cashier the confirmation code on your way out the door.
Once you’ve enjoyed all your delicious food, return the container by locating a drop site in the app. At the drop site, there will be a QR code posted on the lid of the bin. Click the “Ready to Scan” button and hold your phone over the QR code. Drop the reusable in the bin—and ta-da! You’re all set!
With all backend logistics, transportation, and cleaning services taken care of, you don’t need to do anything other than savor your food and return the containers to your local store. Bold Reuse will pick them up to be washed, sanitized, and returned for another round of use.