Our Plastic-free Packaging

Our Plastic-free Packaging

The term “compostable” gets thrown around easily these days with various bioplastic packaging.  The truth is, compostable packaging or utensils require commercial composting facilities which are rare in the United States.  These “compostable” materials either end up in our landfills or contaminate our recycling waste stream.  In the case of the former, the material takes countless years to decompose and creates methane gas when it does; some experts argue a worst alternative for the environment than plastic itself!


For Bristlecone Market’s packaging, we use 100% recycled paper bags with a PLA liner (plant material).  These are technically backyard compostable but will take longer than the cycle of your food scraps. 

Our solution?  We pick up our customers’ used packaging from their doorstep during our deliveries and then compost the packaging with the commercial composting business in San Marcos named The Compost Group.


Now is your chance to support a business that is going above other food businesses to return packaging to earth as soil rather than toxic waste.


Thank you for your support,



Ben Schrik
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Our Why

Our Why

To start off our journal, we're sharing how we came up with the purpose of the business that serves as the guiding principle.  

A couple months ago we spent time developing the "Why" inspired by Simon Sinek.  The "Why" being the purpose of the business existing. The process was for each contributing board member to describe independently why they agreed to help launch the business plan.  Then, we met again to collectively consolidate that “Why” into one statement. 

What did we come up with for our Why?

Nourish the health of our environment; including the physical as well as the mental health of our community.

 The individual Whys:

“Redirect profit to community causes such as Boys to Men Mentoring and environmental non-profits. Also, create a business with best practices in sustainability for a food system that needs improvement.”  - Ben Schrik

“Promote a culture of cooking nutritious organic foods while also reducing your footprint at home with simple low-cost methods, ultimately resolving environmental issues.”  - Cyrus Sutton

“Apply my skillset in a purpose-driven business to reduce plastic waste.”  - Ryan Strausbaugh

“Provide accessibility to communities that lack natural food stores and organic food.”  - Michael Reeves 

Collectively, we’re committed to reducing waste as well as progressing the social and environmental responsibility of our food system.   



Benjamin Schrik
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