Here’s a Look at Jenny Craig’s New Eco-Friendly Packaging + 7 Eco-Friendly Tips That Can Support Your HealthBy Carole Anderson Lucia Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, R.D.
You may already know that Jenny Craig has over 35 years of experience helping people reach their weight loss goals with delicious food, unparalleled support and science-backed strategies; and that we’ve been ranked a top weight loss program for 10 years and counting. But now there’s even more to love about our program: our online weight loss program and meal delivery service now features more sustainable, eco-friendly packaging.
You’ll have the option to have your delicious Jenny Craig food delivered weekly through our one-week or two-week auto-delivery programs. Having weekly deliveries also means you’ll need less room to store your food.
Deliveries in the U.S. also feature state-of-the-art, Earth-friendly packaging. The interior of the delivery box houses Green Cell Foam insulation, which not only helps to maintain the proper temperature, but also offers shock-absorbing features to help protect your Jenny Craig meals and snacks. Water-soluble and 100% recyclable and compostable, Green Cell Foam is made primarily of U.S.-grown, non-GMO cornstarch that dissolves in water. Small pieces can be placed in the sink to melt down the drain; it also can be placed in a bucket of water to sit overnight, creating an ideal plant food mixture for gardening enthusiasts. It can also be burned cleanly and safely in a fireplace or fire pit or used to safely start a barbecue.
But that’s not all: The outer delivery box is completely recyclable and now 30% smaller, which equates to more than 770 trees saved per year.
In addition to the new, more sustainable packaging, each Jenny Craig delivery contains a complete healthy personalized diet plan, including seven days’ worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Members also enjoy hassle-free reordering and the ability to connect with a dedicated consultant virtually, by phone or video chat, on their schedule. New personalized menu options are also available, such as low-carb and vegetarian plans, as well as those specially formulated for women and men.
“We recognize that today's consumers seek brands that offer value, convenient, personalized and Earth-friendly options, and we are committed to delivering all three,” says Monty Sharma, Jenny Craig’s CEO and president.
Interested in other ways you, too, can help improve the environment? Read on for 7 steps you can take, starting today, to be more Earth-friendly in your food, home and shopping habits … while improving your health at the same time!
7 Eco-Friendly tips that can support your health
There are so many ways you can lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Here are 7 simple ones you can adopt right away that can support your health and the planet!
1. Invest in a reusable water bottle — or several
Swap plastic water bottles for a reusable one! Perfect for people on the go or even school lunches, double-walled stainless steel containers can keep water cold for up to 24 hours. Plus, the more you sip, the more you’ll be staying hydrated — which can support your weight loss goals.
2. Grab a reusable grocery bag
Opt for multi-use paper or reusable canvas totes instead of plastic when you’re picking up veggies from the grocery store. Also try insulated cooler bags — not only do they hold a ton, but they keep your perishables colder longer (they’re great for bringing your Jenny Craig food on a day trip or to work!). Or keep the insulated box from your Jenny Craig delivery and use it for trips to the farmer’s market or grocery store.
3. Create a weekly menu
Spending a few hours to do some meal planning will help you buy only the food you’ll be eating for the week, which can cut down on food waste.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota reports that approximately 40% of the entire U.S. food supply is never eaten and that food waste in homes and food service accounts for more than 60% of food loss.1
Jenny Craig makes it easy with smart portions that support your weight loss and may help cut down on food waste.
4. Keep an eye on your produce purchases
It’s important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy lifestyle (especially if you’re trying to lose weight), but if you buy produce too far in advance, you may find that it goes bad before you’re ready to eat it — contributing to food waste. To avoid letting good produce go to waste, buy enough to last for few days or a week at a time. Buying frozen produce is another option, as research has shown it often can be just as healthy — or even healthier — than fresh.2
5. Plant your own vegetable garden
What’s better than having instant access to fruits and veggies in your backyard? Plus, if you have kids, getting them involved in the planting, tending and harvesting may make them more likely to eat their greens!
If you don’t have the space to create your own garden, community gardens are also a possibility, with the University of Vermont reporting that there are more than 1 million of these gardens nationwide.3
6. Use reusable plastic or glass containers for eco-friendly food storage
Invest in reusable, eco-friendly food containers of various sizes for school lunches, as well as a reusable lunch bag for everyone in your household.
Gone are the days when only aluminum cans and glass bottles could be put in the recycling can. More recently, recyclers have begun accepting everything from clean Styrofoam food containers to cardboard, juice cartons, junk mail, clear and colored glass, and steel or tin cans. Batteries and lightbulbs can also be recycled in many locales — be sure to check with your recycling company.
Ready to try a weight loss meal delivery service that’s convenient and fits your busy lifestyle? Get started today!
Carole Anderson Lucia
Carole is an award-winning journalist based in Southern California who specializes in health and wellness topics. Her work has appeared in Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, Yahoo News, Viv magazine and Lifescript. She's won several national awards for her work including a National Science Award and two National Health Information awards. A frequent contributor to Jenny Craig’s Blog, Healthy Habits, she enjoys gardening, spending time at the beach and adopting far too many rescue animals in her spare time.
Favorite healthy snack: jicama dipped in homemade hummus
Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, RDN
Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs.
Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)