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Recycling FAQs

Posted by Theo Chocolate on Mar 31st 2023

We constantly look for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our business across our supply chain and operations. We often get questions about the recyclability of our packaging and what our plans are to help mitigate our environmental impact.  

We hope this FAQ guide helps answer some of your questions. Also, keep an eye out for our annual Impact Report for additional information.

What can be recycled?

While it is always best to check with your local recycling program for their requirements, here is what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled in the city of Seattle. 

  • Can recycle: The outer paper label of our chocolate bars, light cardboard boxes, shipping boxes, and clean candy and cup inner cardboards trays. 

  • Cannot recycle: Inner foil wrapper of our chocolate bars and the flexible plastic wrap of our candy and cups. 

  • Compostable: Our packing peanuts are water-soluble! Since they are made of corn starch, you can actually eat them too, but we don’t suggest it. 

What are you doing to reduce your environmental impact? 

We have been exploring alternative packaging solutions that will reduce our impact but maintain our quality standards. We took active steps towards sustainable packaging by joining OSC2 in 2019 and creating realistic goals for our packaging transitions.   

  • Plant-Based Packaging: We have been working to reduce the negative impact of plastic packaging used on some of our products by switching to plant-based materials. In 2023, we began wrapping select products in a new plant-based material made from non-GMO sugarcane and Pacific Northwest-sourced, FSC-certified paper. This update helps reduce the introduction of new plastics into the world, and industrial compostability certification is underway. 

How can I upcycle your packaging?

Gift Boxes: When we redesigned our gift boxes, we decided to create a box that people would want to save. We have heard people reuse them for future gifts and for storage purposes - like their chocolate stash!

Foil Wrapper: We love creating a simple origami bookmark. 

      1. Cut the foil into a square. Then place it in front of you so it looks like a diamond with the reflective foil side down. 
      2. Fold the bottom corner of the foil up to meet the top corner and crease the fold. 
      3. Fold the left corner up so that the tip aligns with the top of the triangle. Repeat on the right side and then unfold both.  
      4. Fold the top layer of the top corner and bring it down so that the tip lines up with the bottom edge of the triangle.  
      5. Tuck the left and right corners under the folded-down flap.