We have replaced nearly all of our plastic wrapping since the end of 2018, with a revolutionary new environmentally-friendly packaging made from beechwood recovered from forest thinning.
The home compostable, beechwood netting is an award-winning innovation from Austria. We have partnered with VPZ – a family owned company – and innovators in sustainable packaging. They invented and developed cellulose netting made from LENZINGTM Modal fibres under the brand name PACKNATUR®.
Sourced from the thinning of sustainably managed beech trees from FSC or PEFC certified forests, the material is made from beechwood, a by-product which is naturally occurring and normally discarded. Considerably less water is needed for the production of the netting (carbon-neutral processes) than for cotton, resulting in an 80% water saving.
The packaging was tested by Wholegood last year. It is now used across nearly all of our pre-packed products; as the beechwood netting is home-compostable, it can re-enter the food-life cycle within weeks. Food that is no longer fit for sale or eating can also be disposed of along with its net.
All the punnets we use are also home compostable and made from paper pulp.
The aim is to be 100% plastic-free by Winter 2019 – the last bit is the label, which we aim to replace by Winter 2019.