This is part of a new section on the site. At the top menu, you should now see a menu called ‘packaging’. Inspired by Maisie, this will be the section where I’m going to record any responses I have from manufacturers about their packaging.
Little miss Green is partial to her dried fruit – mango and banana in particular. As you know I have dried our own fruit in the past, using a dehydrator.
Once you’re made your own you get to appreciate just how much fruit it takes to make one tiny bag!
We favour the Tropical Wholefoods brand because theirs is fair trade, but unfortunately the packaging is unmarked. They also sell rather nice cereal bars which are sweetened with dates and honey rather than sugar; again in unmarked plastic packaging.I contacted Tropical Wholefoods a couple of years ago and was told they were trying to improve the recyclability of their packaging. So I contacted them again to see what they had been up to.
Here is their response:
Dear Mrs Green,
Tropical Wholefoods newly rebranded packs are using less packaging by moving from gussetted packaging to slimmer quad packs. But they still use a polypropylene laminate as this provides the barrier quality needed to keep fruits and bars tasting great for customers.
The bad news is that although polypropolene is recyclable where facilities exist, these facilities are not provided by local councils so unfortunately householders cannot recycle our packets.
Ttropical Wholefoods is working closely with packaging and machine suppliers to asses a wide variety of laminates including biodegradable, recyclable and compostable film and ink options, trying to find a film which provides top barrier qualitites, but is more recyclable than our current film.
On the cardboard we use for boxes, there is a 15% weight saving per pack in the new boxes Tropical Wholefoods are using to transport their bags and the boxes are made from a part recycled and part sustainable source.
You might also be interested in the following: –
As an ethical company, Tropical Wholefoods does its best to ensure its environmental impact – and that of its trading partners – is reduced wherever possible. Fuel use is minimised by drying the fruit in the villages where it is grown. In Uganda and Pakistan, the fruit is solar dried and in some cases our producers also generate solar electricity. We’re also actively researching the conversion of fruit peel to bio-gas which would be used to heat drying ovens in Burkina Faso. All our fruits are sea freighted and at our Sunderland factory, we’re working with Ecofys UK on developing systems to determine, and where possible reduce, our manufacturing carbon footprint.”
I hope the above is useful. Please do get back to me if there are any other questions I can answer.
With best wishes Kate
What about you – what brands of dried fruit do you buy? Have you found anything in easily recyclable packaging?
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