Its interesting to see how some segments of the marketplace come under scrutiny from consumers regarding their greenness while others get a pass. This is certainly true for the diet plan Nutrisystem®.
Nutrisystem may serve an important role for those struggling with their weight however from a green sustainable perspective they are a disaster.
The popular diet plan provides customers a month worth of portion controlled meals and snacks all conveniently prepackaged for consumption. All of its breakfast, lunch and dinners are individually packaged in separate packaging - hardly sustainable. The whole system revolves around making things as easy as possible for the consumer with little concern for anything else.
Take a look at Nutrisystem's own advertising photos to get a sense of the amount of trash generated by just one customer over a one month period. Just imagine having a microwave meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner 5 or 7 days a week plus all your snacks are individually wrapped in packaging as well.
A typical Nutrisystem plan consists of 28 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 28 dinners, and 28 desserts.
Nutrisystem is an example of a brand and product line that may have benefits for people but has continued to develop without any real scrutiny in terms of its greenness.
It is unknown what their packaging is made from and to what degree if any it is recyclable. Regardless of these questions the amount of packaging is wasteful and not sustainable.