Operating a mail order business necessitates using sufficient packaging to ensure the safe transport of our goods. Individual products need to be packed robustly enough to survive in customers’ freezers and kitchens, mostly in cardboard and pressed paper trays.
The cardboard can be added to local council recycling collections, as can the pressed paper product trays used for packaging our mince, burgers, sausages and ready meals.
We now offer a NEW cardboard box, specially crafted to change the way we deliver our frozen food to our customers.
Our NEW packaging solution not only ensures the utmost quality of our products during delivery, but also prioritises sustainability and the well-being of our environment. Crafted from eco-friendly and recyclable materials, this method of transporting our restaurant-grade food combines durability and insulation, ensuring that your order remains perfectly frozen during transport. With its extensively tested design, this box effectively prevents temperature fluctuations, guaranteeing exceptional conditions for your frozen delights.
The entire orders are sent in boxes which offer the appropriate level of protection and insulation during transit, and allow us to use less dry ice to pack each order than would otherwise be required.
The trays in which our individual products are packed are made of compressed cardboard, which is fully recyclable.
We use bubble wrap which is inﬂated on our own site. This means we can maximise delivered quantities, saving storage space, road miles and fuel consumption. We used to receive one lorry load (approximately 24 pallet spaces) per month, and we now receive only one pallet space per month. One cut in the bubble wrap allows it to deﬂate, saving space upon disposal also.
We have as standard a ‘reduced packaging’ option for our customers, where we use minimal cardboard boxes within our polystyrene ones. Only selected items are packed in cardboard boxes, for instance if they are particularly fragile.
Packaging from our inbound deliveries is recycled off site and our suppliers are encouraged to use returnable containers. The majority have now adopted this approach.
Dry ice, made from recycled CO2, and water ice have replaced gel ice in all of our deliveries. The dry ice we use is a recycled material, made from carbon dioxide created as a by-product from fertiliser production, which would normally be released straight into the atmosphere. Getting this beneficial use from it also avoids using additional electrical refrigeration, so you can enjoy the freshest frozen food, with a minimal effect on the environment. When defrosted, the water ice packs can be snipped open, the water poured safely down a kitchen sink, and the packaging recycled.
We have recently undertaken a lengthy and detailed analysis on how best to use our dry ice to ensure maximum efficiency levels, looking for instance at the optimum size of slab, the amount required for use in different temperatures, and the amount required to reach different destinations. We are now satisfied that we use the bare minimum necessary to maintain our products at the correct temperature during deliveries.
We also encourage our packaging suppliers to provide evidence of actions they have undertaken to reduce their own carbon footprint.