Response from Graze

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Graze - what's inside the box?

Graze - what's inside the box?

I was intrigued by a company I came across this week called ‘Graze‘. They sell healthy snacks for ‘grazing’ and deliver them to your home or workplace.

You can order things like fresh fruit, olives, nuts, seeds and crackers. All designed to keep you away from the vending machine and your body in good shape!

Designed to fit through a standard letterbox, the boxes they use to deliver are cardboard, and I could see from a photograph on their website some kind of plastic film covering them.

Naturally I wanted to find out more so asked what type of plastic they use as the film in the graze boxes.

Here is their response:

Hi Mrs Green,

Thanks for getting in touch.

Our plastic punnets are made from PET 1 which is the same type of plastic as plastic bottles so these should be fine to recycle. Our punnets lids are made from mostly PET 1 but we can’t always fully guarantee it, so you might want to speak to your council about this. We’ve looked into the possibility of using biodegradable material, and as soon as there’s a reliable source which can be composted in the UK we’re keen to investigate this possibility further.

Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

All the best,

Clare

So it looks like Graze are aware of environmental issues and are keen to investigate better packaging in the future. Let’s hope we see some improvements soon; it would be marvellous if they could provide a fully compostable film and customers could send back the cardboard boxes for reuse.

What about you? Have you investigated any packaging recently and spotted some good finds? If you’ve found some truly zero waste beauties then don’t forget to register on our Zero Waste Shopping site and tell the world about it!

And talking of food and waste; are you all signed up for National Zero Waste Week? All you have to do is pledge to reduce your food waste and come back and let us know how you got on. There are 2 x £50 vouchers for two lucky winners.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Karin says:

    Funny you should mention this, Rae. My son said only last night he had a voucher for graze and wondered if I would like it. I couldn’t see the point as I buy nice organic nuts, seeds and dried fruit from my local health food shop. Moreover Suma have started making their bags in recyclable plastic 1. When oil becomes more expensive perhaps they will use paper bags or whatever people packaged dried goods in before plastic became so ubiquitous.

  2. Karen says:

    For years I have been making up my own grazing mix . In a large bowl I mix together.

    Unsalted cashews
    Raisins
    Cranberries
    Whole almonds
    Sunflower seeds
    Pumpkins
    Brazil nuts

    No set amounts. Just what I fancy. Use less brazil nuts because the are quite big. I put the mix in an air tight container. I buy from Julian Graves or Holland and Barrett. I bulk buy when on offer.

    My husband takes a small pot to work every day. I keep a pot in my handbag. Especially useful as I am leaving work. I bought a pack of baby food containers from Tesco which are the right size.

    The mix is nice on a salad and late evening munchies.

  3. LJayne says:

    I can’t recycle any 1 or 2 except bottles so graze and indeed even the new Suma packaging is no good here. And our borough is driving recycling in many ways…..

  4. Karin says:

    Karen, dried cranberries sound like a good addition to my mix. I think I’ll be getting some of them.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Karin: I’m hoping to write a story about the new SUMA packaging, Karin. I too figured I could make my own ‘graze’ boxes, but I think for those who are too busy to prepare their own food and want a healthy alternative, these will take off 😉

    @Karen: Lovely sounding mix, Karen – I find these sorts of snacks so much more satisfying than other things; they really fill you up and provide a lot of energy

    @LJayne: We have the same issues, Lesley, which is why I want to fully investigate the Suma packaging and get the low down on it.

  6. Karin says:

    This post has just proved to be useful to me as my son has presented me with the remains of his Graze box and I needed to find out what type of plastic the inserts are made of as it doesn’t appear to be printed on them. They do say they are made out of recycled plastic and are recyclable, though.

    I decided to keep one tray to keep my lipsticks tidy in my dressing table drawer.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Karin: Great reuse idea! The boxes do seem kinda nice, but it’s a shame the plastic type isn’t written on there – I find this whole ‘recyclable where facilities exist’ and ‘Plastic – recyclable’ very unhelpful

  8. Jane says:

    http://www.unpackit.org.nz/ Note the M&S apples which left NZ in a cardboard box and arrived on the shelves in plastic.

  9. Mrs Green says:

    @Jane: I’ve never seen that site before, thanks for sharing Jane…

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