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Creatively preventing waste with Covilli Organics

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Our farmer and producer partners are an integral part of our efforts to prevent waste from the farm field all the way to your kitchen table, and we’re continually amazed by their creativity and resourcefulness.

Recently, we worked with Covilli Brand Organics to offer their Fair Trade heirloom tomatoes in cardboard clamshells instead of the plastic packaging most tomatoes come in. They’re one of several partners that have specially packaged their produce for us to help the Imperfect community cut back on single-use plastic. By thinking creatively about how to safely transport and deliver groceries to our customers, we’re preventing more waste from entering our landfills.

In recent months, Covilli also worked to pack their #2 Fair Trade zucchini and yellow straightneck squash in a consistent size just for us. These #2 products come in quirky sizes and shapes, which can prove tricky to transport at scale. Covilli’s efforts mean we can deliver these veggies to the doors of our customers in a more sustainable way.

In addition to being our partners in fighting waste, Covilli is also a champion of Fair Trade practices. When you see an item certified as Fair Trade, that means it’s produced and sold in a way that prioritizes respect for people and the environment at every step of the supply chain. Covilli’s Fair Trade certification is a guarantee that their farm workers have safe working conditions, access to healthcare and education for workers’ children, regulated hours, and personal and sick days. Fair Trade also verifies their sustainable farming practices.

Covilli’s farmworker population are mostly migrant workers from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Chiapas. The majority are part of indigenous groups that have been generationally marginalized. Together, this community of workers became a legally recognized entity known as Nuchi Sansekan, which means “All Together” in Náhuatl, an indigenous language of Mexico. As a community, these farmworkers take ownership of their future by being able to choose how to use the Fair Trade premium from Covilli’s sales to benefit generations to come. This includes adding medical transportation units, building a new health center, and improving a day care facility. 

Want to support this hardworking community? It’s as easy as adding some tasty heirloom tomatoes or zucchini to your Imperfect cart! We’re proud to partner with folks like Covilli to eliminate food waste and build a better food system.


  • Terrill and Kathy Treazise
    February 23, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    WE left a few messages and have had no rely as of yet . Questions about yesterday’s order, Feb.22nd.

    • Imperfect
      March 1, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      If you still haven’t heard back from our team, please give us a call at (510) 595-6683 💚

  • Kris
    February 23, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you! Thank you, I am struggling to eliminate plastic in my household. I am happy to see this article.

  • Carlann M Copps
    February 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Very interesting information both on the indigenous working families and the cardboard clamshells. Thank you 😊

  • JK
    February 23, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the organic tomatoes they have been offering!! So delicious.

  • Diane Bender
    February 24, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Yay! Cardboard clamshell are a big improvement over plastic!

  • Robin Dawson
    February 24, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Thank you so much for this effort to avoid plastic. The number of products that are now sold in plastic clamshells is extremely concerning. I have decided I won’t buy things sold in them and it is amazing how many that has turned out to be. I feel it is really hard for suppliers to go back after using them because they are so good at protecting products ( especially delicate items like bakery and produce).
    I commend you for taking this seriously and encouraging your suppliers to reject plastic.
    I love your service and appreciate your commitment to reducing waste and plastic. Thank you!

  • Dalya Massachi
    February 24, 2022 at 7:56 am

    This is great! You may already know about the app called Remark. I used it to send a thank you to Covilli for this packaging success.

  • Linda Stettler
    February 24, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I so appreciate this! Thanks for taking steps in the right direction.

  • Arzu
    February 24, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you I was very happy with your vegetables and packaging. Sweet wishes, Arzu

  • Susan
    February 25, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I love this! Next can we challenge farms that sell fruits like blueberries, strawberries, etc to do the same!
    Thank you!

  • Annonymous
    February 25, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks a lot for taking a steps to eliminate plastic clamshells.

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  • Steven
    February 26, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    This is great news, have wanted to see Imperfect Foods take more steps to eliminate plastic. Please do not put tomatoes in the ice bags, tomatoes should not be refrigerated (unless they are cut or close to spoiling).

  • eva matte
    March 6, 2022 at 11:39 am

    i never had root celery and I like it, when could I see this again in the vegetables?

    • Imperfect
      March 9, 2022 at 10:02 am

      Isn’t it delicious?! 😍 Since we work with a rolling inventory that changes weekly, and by market, and truly “follows the waste”, we can’t give you an exact timeline for when you might see it available again – but we definitely encourage you to keep an eye out for it, because we know it’ll be back soon! 💚


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