“We need packaging to have a minimum impact on our environment – in particular plastics” (WWF). We wholeheartedly agree with WWF on this one. Packaging must be recyclable so it can have another life in the system and avoid ending up in landfill, polluting the environment, destroying habitats and harming wildlife.
Our current packaging is 100% home recyclable. Moreover, it meets the highest standards in terms of food safety regulations, waste reduction and practicality in use. Indeed, the punnets we use are made up of 70% recycled material content (rPET), and 30% virgin material. Even though we would like it to be 100% rPET, the EU food regulation doesn’t allow it due to food safety concerns.
In late 2019, we decided to try and start making the change towards compostable and renewable material packaging (PLA), but after extensive research into different packaging material life cycle by our sustainability team, we found that they might not be the best packaging for us. While the chosen material in PLA is sustainably sourced, the way such packaging is processed has an equally important role in determining its environmental impact. So while PLA packaging is made from renewable material (such as corn), and is biodegradable, we need to know that they can be disposed of correctly.
Packaging must be recyclable so it can have another life in the system and avoid ending up in landfill, polluting the environment, destroying habitats and harming wildlife.
Currently, most councils in the UK don’t accept compostable packaging in food or garden waste collections. This is because the UK lacks the infrastructure to dispose of these responsibly. And so, as things stand, rPET punnet is the ideal sustainable packaging choice for our business. So please give the punnet a second life by recycling them when you finish eating our delicious micro salads. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to work hard to find a suitable solution that complies with EU food safety regulation, keeps our product fresh and has a minimal impact on the planet.