When you eat at a diner, a burger joint, or just about anywhere with American food, a bottle of ketchup is sure to be found. There is almost certainly a bottle of it in your fridge right now. This sweet-savory, lycopene-filled condiment almost always comes packaged in a single-use plastic bottle (or, in those plastic single-serving packets).
This might not seem like such a problem since it takes a while to get through an entire bottle, but the impact of single-use condiment bottles certainly adds up. In fact, Heinz, the most popular ketchup brand in America, uses about 19 million pounds of plastic to create 1 billion single-use plastic ketchup bottles each year. The plastic bottles can be recycled, but who actually takes the time the time to fully wash them out? Not many people TBH. Note: Heinz is developing a paper bottle, but it’s not on the market yet.
A Philadelphia-based company called AWSM Sauce is looking to tackle this plastic packaging issue. Founded by two dads, Paul Lehmann and Carl Starkey, AWSM’s goal is to remove single-use plastic from the kitchen and revolutionize the way sauces and condiments are made and enjoyed.
The company currently offers three different sauce options, Honey Hickory BBQ, Classic Ketchup, and Chesapeake Fire Sauce, sans plastic bottles. Each sauce is actually in powder form and comes in a small plastic package, which equates to a 95% reduction of plastic weight when compared to plastic bottles (the company did say it is working on creating compostable packaging).
To make the sauce, you simply must mix the powder with water; the company calls this “powder-to-pour” technology. The other benefit to making condiments only when you need them is that this helps ensure that nothing is wasted – like the half-used, months-expired bottle of sauce chilling in the back of your fridge.
AWSM is priced at $0.34 per ounce, whereas Heinz is $0.18 and Primal Kitchen or Sir Kensington’s is $0.42. Each sauce flavor comes in a package of three, for $6. We are a fan of reducing as much single-use plastic as possible, so check it out for yourself in the Future Foodie marketplace.