5 Ways To Reuse Empty JOI Containers

Recycling and reusing packaging is at the core of our mission. We spent years researching and sourcing packaging materials that are sustainable and reduce waste. We’ll never stop doing this and in fact, we are currently in R&D on a new, updated, and more sustainable packaging solution for future JOI products. 

With all that said, where are we today? Well, as you may or may not know, JOI is packaged in #5 plastic (PP—Polypropylene). This is the plastic used in yogurt and cottage cheese containers and the like. It is highly durable, lightweight, versatile and at the moment, is a great vessel for our unique Plant Base products. But we know we have work to do.

While #5 PP Polypropylene is 100% recyclable, many counties and cities across the country do not have the facilities that actually recycle it. We have been speaking with a number of our customers about this problem and as we continue to iterate on solutions for more sustainable packaging for JOI, here are some ideas on how to reuse an empty JOI container:

5 Ways To Reuse Empty JOI Containers

  1. Planters: transform your empty container into a planter for herbs, succulents or other small plants. Have a pail? Even better for growth! Drill some holes in the bottom for drainage if needed, otherwise, just add some potting soil, your greenery, water and watch it bloom. 

  2. Ice Cream: perhaps you have been making our No Churn Vegan Blackberry Nice Cream or our Strawberry Ice Cream this summer. If you have, well, that empty JOI container is the perfect vessel for storing this in your freezer. 

  3. Salad Dressing: a favorite use of the editorial team at Bon Appétit, empty JOI containers are great for salad dressing storage - our airtight lid will keep those dressings fresh and ready for drizzling. 

  4. Overnight Oats: yes, the overnight oats phenomenon has not escaped us and if you don’t have a clean mason jar on hand, an empty container of JOI works perfectly for your any type of overnight oats you might be planning.
     
  5. Dips: from Vegan Queso to the ultimate Vegan French Onion Dip, any dip made with JOI (or not) can be easily stored in our containers - the wide mouth opening of the jar welcomes any chip or Crudités plate.

What else can we do? Call your local waste management facility to find out about responsible recycling in your community; whether they accept #5 plastic; and if they don't, what can be done to ensure #5 can be recycled in your community. 

And in the meantime, we plan to be more transparent about our part in this ecosystem and updates on our packaging R&D. 

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