Reducing Waste & Our Packaging Materials

Really, the term ‘Zero Waste’ is a misnomer. We all leave a footprint just by existing, breathing and going about our daily lives. Our aim is to reduce the detrimental effect our actions have upon the environment, other species, and therefore ourselves and our future as well.

 

Many people making small changes has a huge effect. What we do daily or locally really matters to the whole world situation and does make a difference.

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As well as providing products in our shop which are not packaged in single use plastic, we undertake to operate in a way which is as environmentally friendly as possible. Paying attention to things like having a green energy electricity provider, saving energy by turning off lights in rooms we are not occupying, or not leaving equipment on standby when not in use. Using non harmful floor and surface cleaners. We have found fully compostable gloves and bin bags for our own use.

 

In just the same way as customers can plan a weekly menu and buy only what is needed, we can buy and manage our stock so that it is stored correctly and is likely to sell before it goes out of date and become wasted. 

 

Sourcing locally where we can, reduces transport miles, and any packaging that arrives with goods will be reused or recycled where appropriate. We intend to buy from companies who operate a closed loop ‘return and reuse’ policy for anything like household cleaners which they supply in plastic refill containers.

 

Most of our bulk dry food items will arrive in a paper or hessian sack. Occasionally manufacturers or wholesalers will send in a plastic sack - sometimes there is a good reason for this to protect contents from contamination or deterioration. We would rather receive one 20 Kilo plastic sack and provide eco-friendly packaging for the contents, than receive 40 single use plastic wrapped 500g packets.

 

Not all plastic is bad, or avoidable but we promise not to ‘greenwash’ and to be honest and transparent when we can’t be perfect.

Natureflex 

When we pack foods for you, we may use paper or cardboard containers from sustainable sources, or something which looks plastic but isn’t - NatureFlex fully compostable film. This is great as it lets you see the pack contents, and some of our suppliers already pack smaller amounts using this material. Where this is the case, we will pass on to you as supplied, as there is no need to throw away one compostable wrapping to replace it with one of ours. NatureFlex should be disposed of into your home compost or kitchen waste collection - it does not go into your recycling bin.It's easy.

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