We are doing everything we can to reduce the amount of plastic we use as well as using materials and processes that have as little impact as possible behind the scenes. Around 90% of our packaging at present is either recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.
Some of the steps we’ve currently taken to ensure Grubby remains environmentally and people friendly are:
We don’t use plastic insulation that you may have seen used in other boxes. This also reduces the size of the boxes as a result.
Our pods for spices, seeds and nuts are biodegradable. They use a plastic called *Breakdown PET and they will degrade even if they end up in landfill. Unique BDP TM Technology enhances the natural biodegradation of plastic in landfill, by encouraging microbes to consume the plastic in a few years instead of centuries.
We use FSC Certified board and paper for our boxes and recipe cards (this is the gold standard for sustainable forestry).
All our tinned products for pulses are organic as well as being fully recyclable aluminium.
We use recyclable cardboard punnets for tomatoes, mushrooms and other loose veg.
We never wrap items that don't need to be, like aubergines for example.
We're not going to shy away from the dreaded P word. You will see some plastic in our boxes, mainly on your herbs and loose leaves. The tricky
truth is, in some instances, plastic does a better job at keeping produce
fresh. We’re testing alternatives all the time but so far we’ve found that many
compostable solutions strip out the moisture from leafy greens and they wilt. Sometimes, plastic does reduce the likelihood of food waste.
There are some very positive signs from industry though and rest assured it’s
right up there on our list of priorities!
We will never include additional packaging or plastics if they are not necessary and we meet as a team regularly to brainstorm ideas to keep making our packaging more sustainable and our aim is to be plastic free and this is looking potentially more achievable given the new products and technologies that are emerging.
If you have any specific questions we're more than happy to discuss the details of each individual decision we've made around the make up of our packaging.
*BDP is an organic polymer that attracts the microbes present in anaerobic environments, such as landfill, enhancing degradation. This means our pods naturally decompose in years rather than centuries, leaving behind only organic matter and no
toxins or micro plastics.