Some of you know that I was participating in the Jefferson County Business Resource Center LAUNCH! Program, which I just graduated from today! This was such a fun, inspiring, educational 8-week course with some other great Entrepreneurs, but what really made this class so amazing were the two outstanding Instructors, Amira Watters and Lou Riverso. These women have built LAUNCH! from the ground up and made it such a valuable Program for anyone either thinking of starting a business or already deep in the trenches, like myself with Cibo Meals. But…all good things come to an end, especially in 2020. I just found out that the JeffCo Business Resource Center is closing its doors on Jan. 1, 2021.
Here’s our virtual Zoom Class already for our Graduation presentation, I’ve got my Cibo Meals apron and delivery bag ready to show off
I feel honored to get to know Amira and Lou and to participate in the final LAUNCH! Program ever. Below is a video of my presentation about Cibo Meals, it is a great way to learn about the business and how we started. Enjoy!
For most of 2020 COVID-19 has caused our favorite dining spots to close completely or start offering take-out, delivery & outdoor dining to their menus. Also, food delivery services like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub have greatly increased in popularity as they offer delivery from a huge variety of restaurants. However, the downside to this (as if COVID-19 wasn’t bad enough) is the increase in packaging waste that is being generated. Just think to yourself about everything that arrives with every delivery or take-out order you purchase.
As Americans, we create an enormous amount of trash. The average American consumer produces just under five pounds of trash each day, while a family creates about 18 pounds. Multiplying those numbers by 365 days for the year, it all adds up to:
1,642 pounds per person.
6,570 pounds per family.
To put it bluntly, your food might be delivered to you within an hour, but the packaging it comes in could be around for hundreds of years!
This is where Cibo Meals’ sustainable Mason jar packaging comes in. Our glass jars, hard plastic lids, and green insulated bags are returnable and reusable after we fully sanitize them, and they are the perfect vessel for our tasty vegetarian meals. Mason jars also help keep your food fresher for longer than plastic or paper packaging, cutting down on food waste. We understand the desire for delivery of your favorite foods within 60 minutes, but think about how much effort, energy, and waste that desire is creating. If you order from Cibo Meals once a week, you can still be excited when your jars arrive and enjoy the meals for longer than typical take-out. And, you’re helping Mother Earth, what’s better?!?
Here’s a few suggestions to cut down on your food-related waste and help make a difference:
When picking up or having food delivered, tell them NOT to give you utensils or napkins if you don’t need them.
Ask the food vendors if they use compostable/recyclable packaging, and if not, ask them to start.
Order from Cibo Meals for locally prepared, fresh-to-jar meals that are delivered safely to you in a reusable cooler bags ~ no plastic bags.
Have questions or want to start enjoying Eco-friendly meals? Learn more and sign up for our meal options at cibomeals.com/sign-up/.
Due to the ongoing COVID19 Virus & the uncertainty that revolves around it, we have made the decision to change the routine for cooking your Mason Jar meals for the foreseeable future. Here’s what is changing:
We will be only be cooking and jarring ONE meal per week.
We will be cooking from our Home Kitchen to avoid contact at our Commissary Kitchen.
We will be using recyclable brown paper bags for your delivery.
We are taking your meal suggestions and recommendations during this time, please let us know what YOU want us to cook up.
We will be resuming our regular routine when we feel that things are safe and certain enough to do so.
Since Day 1 of Cibo Meals we’ve been using glass Mason jars to package our creative vegetarian meals…but why? Read on to learn just a “tip of the iceberg” history of these amazing vessels and why they work so great as the packaging for our meals.
A Mason jar, named after John Landis Mason who first invented and patented it in 1858, is a molded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food. Among the earliest glass jars used for home canning were wax sealers, but this process, which was complicated and error-prone, was soon discarded. By far the most popular form of closure for the glass canning jar was a zinc screw-on cap, the precursor to today’s screw-on lids. From 1857, when it was first patented, to the present, Mason jars have had hundreds of variations in shape and cap design. A new type of Mason jar known as a “bead” jar was introduced around 1910 to 1915. These continuous screw-thread jars were designed with a bead between the screw threads and the shoulder as a sealing surface. The Ball Perfect Mason jar, one of the most common jars of this style, was introduced around 1913 and produced until the mid-twentieth century. On August 15, 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually as a National Holiday on November 30th, beginning in 2017 (mark your calendar for special savings to celebrate!).
Now, back to present day…when we started Cibo Meals one of our main goals was to help eliminate some of the waste that is generated by the food production, delivery, and consumption industry. This sounds pretty overwhelming, and it was, until I pulled a Mason jar from my cupboard to put my ever-precious fresh-squeezed lemon juice into (addiction alert), and realized THIS was the ultimate packaging for Cibo Meals. Mason jars are sturdy, presentable, easy to package, easy to sanitize and reuse, and cost-effective when returned to us by Customers who order often. Our breakage rate is only about 15%, and our meals stay fresh longer than plastic because of the awesome preservation properties of the jars and lids.
Please read this next phrase carefully and take just a moment to consider what it really means: Up to 25 percent of residential food waste is due to packaging size or design, for example, food spoiling due to lack of packaging, condiments sticking to the sides and bottoms of containers or the inability to portion bulk fresh foods for timely consumption. Spoilage prevention packaging, or packaging that extends shelf-life, and packaging adjustments that enable complete consumption are capable of diverting 280,000 tons of food waste, with an economic value of $882 million!
There is so much more out there about these wonderful vessels, and we’re so grateful to them for helping Cibo keep our local, national, and global impact on our earth remain as small as possible. If you have questions, your own jar stories or knowledge, or anything else, please email us. Check out next week’s meals and get 15% OFF here.
Cibo Meals is bringing you some natural ideas on battling the allergies that often come our season changes. I’m a Colorado native and never had allergies when I was younger. I left CO. for about 8 years for the East Coast and when I returned to the Rocky Mountains I started having seasonal allergies all of the sudden. For awhile I relied on the over-the-counter drugs and nasal sprays, but those rarely lasted long and left me feeling more loopy than I wanted. As I’ve acclimated to being back at 5,280 elevation my seasonal allergies seems to be subsiding, but still, at the start of spring and transition into fall I always get some symptoms.
Here are some homeopathic options that are available in nature and easy to get at most local grocery stores. Much of the information we’re bringing you is from Lucky’s Market at Wadsworth & 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge, so check out their Apothecary section soon.
I just started using Hyland’s Seasonal Allergy Relief and it’s been working great on my symptoms. I love the quick-dissolving tablets that I can enjoy first thing in the morning and I’m pretty clear until the evening.
As a long-time tea drinker I find it’s an easy way to keep my water intake up during the day. When I start to feel my allergies ramping up I bring out my favorite loose tea, Shifa Turmeric Allergy & Sinus Tea with Herbs (click to purchase from Amazon here). And the best; I use my Cibo Meals empty jars and lids to steep the tea while I’m getting ready in the morning, shopping for ingredients, and enjoying an evening sunset. You can make up a larger batch and have it hot or iced, and use a Piccolo jar when you’re on the go.
Some other great natural remedies that are easy to get your hands on are Garlic (immunity boost), nettles (antihistamine properties, found in the tea mentioned above), yogurt (helps reduce grass pollen allergies, gut-health), and spicy seasonings like cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, horseradish, or wasabi all do a great job of clearing up sinuses (and adding instant heat to your meals). Hint: Keep spices in small Mason jars with a tight lid to keep them really fresh.
Of course, eating a healthy, veggie-filled diet helps keep your immune system strong and your head clear, and so many of our Cibo Meals have these great benefits and so much more!