Replacing cardboard boxes with 2,000 reusable plastic totes earned Full Belly Farm, a certified organic farm in California, an Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award from the Reusable Packaging Association.
The plastic totes are filled with produce for weekly deliveries to families and then picked up and returned to the farm for reuse the following week. The delivery sites include Full Belly Farm's 44 residential produce pick-up sites and three farmers' markets. The delivery containers withstand temperatures between 40 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, handle exposure to summer sun and winter rain, and protect produce during shipping distances up to 150 miles. The program was funded with a $15,000 grant from StopWaste.Org.