We all know there’s too much plastic in the world, and that not all of it can be recycled. The food system generates a huge amount of plastic waste, but how does Real Plastic Free’s packaging reduce your impact?
We use NatureFlex, which is fully compostable and biodegradable. Made from wood pulp, it quickly biodegrades when exposed to optimum conditions. As it is not a plastic, it cannot be recycled: just scrunch it up and pop it in your home compost or the general waste, and it will have disappeared within six months. Our labels are printed on paper with vegetable dyes, and the glue is biodegradable too, so you don’t need to worry about those either. You might not realise this, but sellotape is now often made of plastic. We have hunted down a true cellotape supplier, and use them exclusively for all our taping needs!
We believe in precycling, so we don’t repackage when you buy wholesale items. When you purchase in bulk, you take another opportunity for packaging waste out of the system: the goods come in the same packages the manufacturer originally put them in, even if this is plastic, so you are still reducing your impact. That said, we seek out manufacturers and suppliers who don’t use plastic to package their goods whenever possible.
Our packing materials
When it comes to packing our online orders up and posting them out, we want to be sure they arrive in perfect, plastic free, condition. Our cardboard boxes can be easily recycled, but what makes our packaging different is what we fill them with. Egg boxes might not be your first thought when it comes to protecting delicious plastic free treats or fresh fruit and vegetables, but the ones we use are made from recycled paper, so are simple to dispose of. Don’t worry though, we buy them directly from the manufacturer, so they’ve never been near an egg! We also use special paper ‘bubblewrap’. This ridged paper works incredibly well to prevent breakages, and can just be popped straight in the recycling. To make sure Real Plastic Free’s packaging is truly plastic free, the tape we use to seal our boxes is made of paper, and uses biodegradable glue.
Reducing our impact on the environment seems complicated, but it can actually be quite simple. Save a turtle, order with Real Plastic Free!