Homemade Harvey: “This Package Is Landfill Friendly”

Opportunity Green’s been brimming with great speakers and quality products to talk about. But occasionally there’s a lemon. I was puzzled to see what looked like flattened toothpaste tubes in a bucket of ice on the patio today. They turned out to be a crushed fruit product called “Homemade Harvey” – an all organic fruit paste that squeezes out of a pouch.

Now, there’s nothing un-green about selling fresh crushed fruit. In fact, the product is probably good for you if you can stomach the aesthetic of squirting goo into your mouth. But Harvey’s stated claim of “100% Crushed Fruit, 0% Bad Stuff” overlooks a rather obvious element of the big picture: Non-recyclable, heavy and probably unnecessary packaging. What really cracks me up is the claim on the bottom of the pouch, and I quote, “This Package is Landfill Friendly“. Uh huh. And so is the chair I’m sitting in. At least we can’t accuse them of greenwashing….

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

4 responses

  1. Seriously. It’s hard to believe that this is the most environmentally friendly packaging a “crushed fruit company” could come up with. Is the problem that more sustainable materials are heavier, and therefore embed a greater carbon footprint in their transportation? I guess my first question for a product like this would be, does the world really need this product? Canning locally grown produce in the summer months for consumption throughout the year is, in my opinion, the most sustainable and healthy way to eat fruit year round.

  2. What's worse is the company says that their “crushed fruit” is good for three MONTHS. This means they have pasteurized it (see: boiled). That means all the natural enzymes and growies have been killed so you get just the sugar. Great.

    Honestly why not just buy baby food and refrigerate it. It's also “crushed fruit” and has the same consistency, but at least the glass jar is recyclable…

  3. What's worse is the company says that their “crushed fruit” is good for three MONTHS. This means they have pasteurized it (see: boiled). That means all the natural enzymes and growies have been killed so you get just the sugar. Great.

    Honestly why not just buy baby food and refrigerate it. It's also “crushed fruit” and has the same consistency, but at least the glass jar is recyclable…

  4. If you could find a more perfect on the go product, I would love to have it. Homemade harvey’s is not only delicious, I am almost offended as a consumer.
    I spoke with Homemade harveys myself about the above complaints. The temperature of the fruit is raised to 108 degrees. That is not boiling or completing the process of pasteurizing. Which leaves, da da da da daaaa, natural sugars. Nothing more is added. Just fruit.

    As far as the packaging is concerned, Homemade harvey’s is partnered with Terracycle for the Homemade harvey Brigade (TM) which upcycles all the packaging into cool and useful new products! (See http://www.terracycle.com)

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