GO Box

GO Box is a reusable takeout container service

Portland, Oregon

United States

www.goboxpdx.com

About GO Box

GO Box is the first and only reusable takeout container service offering customers a way to get their meal in an environmentally friendly, reusable alternative to the single-use disposable container. With a mission of "doing away with throw away," GO Box makes sustainable eating fast, easy, and convenient for people who eat on the go.

Customers subscribe to GO Box for unlimited use. After downloading the GO Box mobile app, they use the app when ordering food to get their meal in a reusable, durable takeout container. When they’re done with their food, they return the container to a nearby drop site, using the app to scan and return their GO Box. Then they’re ready to use GO Box again.

GO Box picks up the used containers, has them washed in a commercial kitchen, and returns them clean to vendors — all by bicycle!

We are a mission-driven business working to do away with throw away. We became a B Corp to amplify this mission while joining a community of businesses with similar values.

The Change We Seek®

Throwaway packaging litters oceans, piles up in landfills, and contributes greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Every day in the U.S., millions of people get meals "to go" in single-use disposable clamshells or boxes. These containers require resources to produce, are used for a very short amount of time, and then end their short lives filling up landfills. In downtown Portland alone, food cart customers use and throw away about 60,000 disposable containers every month.

The problem, of course, isn’t takeout — it’s the lack of options available to people who eat out regularly but want to reduce their environmental footprint. GO Box gives people a fast, easy, and convenient alternative to singe-use disposables so they don’t have to worry about burdening our landfills when they grab a bite to eat.

Since launching, GO Box has prevented the use of over 100,000 disposable containers. They hope to spread their mission of doing away with throw away to cities across the U.S. and Canada, making it easier for everyone to make a sustainable choice when getting their food to-go.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

38
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

67
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

5
6
Overall B Score
110
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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