Gallery: Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

 

We love Whole Foods for their wide selection of health conscious packaged goods and organic fruits and vegetables. But one popular spot in this shop that gets a lot of attention is the store’s salad bar and buffet. Not only does it boast a delectable array of food that’ll get even the finickiest eater salivating, but it also provides biodegradable containers for customers to place their food in. But how biodegradable are these containers, really? We know that a lot of greenwashing goes on these days, and eco-claims should be taken with a grain of salt, so what better way to see if Whole Foods’ assertion is on the up and up than with a composting test? Continuing with her feature series Packaging the Future, our guest blogger, green journalist and founder of Eco ChickStarre Vartanconducted an experiment of her very own testing the compostability of these containers right at home. So is Whole Foods’ eco-claim fact or fiction? The results just might surprise you…

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