July 12, 2018 2:07 pm 13 Comments
Our primary aim is to deliver our products to our customers intact and in the best condition. We use a variety of boxes, bags, packaging fillers and wraps to ensure this happens. We’re continually looking into the best, most environmentally friendly options for our packaging.
Here’s what we use.
Polypropylene bags: some NGF own-label produce is packed in transparent polypropylene bags. These bags are recyclable.
Paper bags: other NGF own-label produce is packed into paper bags. These are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable.
Plastic pots: a small amount of NGF own-label produce is packed into recyclable pots.
Labels: NGF own-label produce is labelled with paper labels.
Tape: we use a limited amount of sticky tape to seal the bags. The brown tape is made from paper; the clear tape is made from cellophane. We also use masking tape to seal our larger boxes: this is currently made from plastic, but we are researching alternatives.
Boxes: most orders are packed into new, strong cardboard boxes. We sometimes recycle cardboard boxes we’ve received from our suppliers – but only if the customer has no allergies or objections to this.
Loosefill: the goods inside the boxes are often protected by ‘loosefill’, which provides cushioning. Our loosefill may look like polystyrene, but in fact it’s made solely from non-genetically modified corn. The ‘noodles’ simply dissolve in water – or can be composted.
Bubble-wrap: we are delighted to now be using ‘oxo-degradable bubble wrap’, which is 100% recyclable and doesn’t contain any heavy metals. When this bubble wrap is exposed to the combined effects of sunlight, stress, microbes and heat, it disintegrates into a product that can be digested harmlessly by micro-organisms, back to the basic elements of carbon dioxide, water and biomass. (And, importantly, it’s just as much fun to pop as the standard kind!)
Cling-film: so far, we have not managed to source a biodegradable clingfilm that works for our purposes: we continue to search for one. We only use clingfilm for especially large (pallet) orders, so most of our customers are unlikely to be affected.
External sacks: we use woven polypropylene sacks to provide a final layer of protection for bulk bags of produce. These are, currently, not biodegradable, but we are continuing to search for alternatives.
A note on recycling
We recycle everything we can at Naturally Good Food and encourage our customers to do the same. We’ve got environmental awareness built into our DNA!
A final note on our suppliers
We always remind our customers that we’re just one part of the process. Stock arrives in our building from wholesalers in a variety of forms (in boxes, paper sacks and polypropylene woven bags). The boxes and paper sacks are sometimes lined with plastic, to keep the contents fresh, dry and free from pests. We know that our wholesalers are working with their suppliers to find the most environmentally friendly options for storage and transport. We’re proud to be part of that journey!biodegradable, cellophane, Environmental, environmentally friendly, Packaging, plastics, recycling, zero waste
This post was written by Yzanne