Veg Box Packaging

We follow the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ mantra for our packaging. Find out more below….

REDUCE

  • We minimise the requirement for packaging by weighing many items straight into your bags, including roots and brassicas.
  • We only use packaging where it is necessary to protect the item, or maintain it’s freshness. This includes greens, mushrooms and soft fruits.

  • We chose packaging based on its ability to protect the product (we don’t want to end up causing food waste), how it is made, and how it can be reused or recycled.

REUSE

  • Our jute bags can be reused many times. Please help us get the most use out of them by leaving them out for our drivers to collect, and as far as possible, please leave them somewhere dry so that they don’t get unnecessarily marked, stained or water-damaged!
  • We have a dedicated team of volunteers who sort all returned bags each week, cleaning any where necessary in order to keep them in circulation as long as possible. Please let us know if you have any problems with the bag(s) you’ve received – send us a photo if anything is not suitable or of concern so we can feed it back to everyone involved in the process.
  • If you need to stop ordering, we will be happy to come and collect bags, or you can drop them to your nearest pick up point.
  • We can reuse punnets and sleeves still in good condition, just leave them out with your jute bag! Or re-use them at home, as handy food-waste tubs for clearing your kitchen tops.
  • Our egg supplier can reuse egg boxes (only the ones that have come from them and have their label on still)
  • We can reuse elastic bands again and again, just leave them in your jute bags!

RECYCLE

Punnets and sleeves:

Our punnets are made from recycled paper and the sleeves are made from cardboard so both can be recycled by your local council. Just pop in your paper and cardboard recycling. (Or return punnets and sleeves that are in good condition so we can reuse.

Produce bags:

– Salad and herbs will be packaged in biodegradable bags. Dispose of them with your landfill waste and they will biodegrade in 12-24 months.
– All other greens will be packaged in fully compostable bags, made from the Thistle plant. These can be used to line your food waste caddy for collection by the council, or pop them in with your home compost (where they will compost in 8-12 weeks, similar to your food!). If you don’t have either of these options, put them in with landfill waste.

Bread bags:

Bread is supplied in waxed paper bags, suitable for home composting.

Our Suppliers

Follow these links for more information on sustainable packaging from our suppliers:

And finally, be sure to check out our top tips on keeping your fruit and veg as fresh as possible…