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We are always trying to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging use. For example, we use punnets for mustard cress, which are suitable for home composting. We are passionately following the waste hierarchy, below, which is a framework for ranking waste management. We aim to prevent waste being produced, with only a very small amount ending up in landfill.
- We have stopped using plastic for certain vegetables such as purple sprouting broccoli, cape broccoli and spring greens.
- Please return our boxes and egg boxes so that we can reuse these each week. Unfortunately, we cannot reuse egg boxes from other retailers, please recycle these at home.
- We are also happy to collect any clean, uncrumpled, good condition, plastic vegetable bags that you have accumulated from us, for reuse.
- Please recycle our packaging if your local authority allows it.
- Paper bags can be composted at home.
We are continually investigating a biodegradable/compostable alternative for plastic packaging, but we have not found any suitable options yet. Until more packaging choices are available and affordable for our scale of business we will continue to focus on reducing the plastic we use rather than replacing it.
Biodegradable and compostable plastic may sound like the ideal solution however:
Why do we still use some packaging?
We want you to receive our vegetables at their most fresh. We harvest straight from our fields and deliver the vegetables to you as soon as possible. However, some vegetables deteriorate more quickly than others.
Once picked, vegetables will start to dehydrate, becoming soft, dry or bendy. This process can be slowed down by using plastic packaging, which maintains air humidity around the vegetables. This is especially necessary for leafy vegetables and salads.
|Some vegetables will rehydrate in water, such as carrots and asparagus.|
- We use paper bags for small items that may be likely to fall out of a box or become damaged by other vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and new potatoes to protect them from light.
- We use plastic, cardboard or wooden boxes to deliver to you, these are enjoying a secondary use.
- Items that are not grown on our farm in Tillingham such as tomato punnets in winter will already come with packaging for protection of the product during transport.
What can you do to further reduce packaging use and keep your vegetables fresh?
You can provide us with your own packing containers such as shopping bags, which we will use to put your items in each week. Cool bags or plastic lined bags will keep your vegetables at their freshest. Please attach a name label to the handle of your bags so that we can identify them as yours. We can even place salad or leaves into reusable zip lock/sealable bags that you provide.
Now available on our website Shop we have BeesWax Wraps. BeesWax Wraps are 100% natural, biodegrable and reusable alternative to cling film and tin foil. Great for keeping, vegetables, cheese and bread fresh as well as ideal for packed lunches.
Send us an email if you would like to request a ‘plastic-free veg box’, like the one below.
We cannot supply loose salad leaves as they would deteriorate too quickly, but we can reuse plastic bags.