Reducing single use plastic, one tray at a time.

As of September 2020, our switch to carboard trays, has prevented around 15 tonnes of single use black plastic from being produced & from ending up in landfill.

After a lot of research, we’ve replaced our PVC overwrap film with a biodegradable/compostable alternative. In June 2020 we started using the first certified compostable cling film in the world, saving a further 4 tonnes of plastic waste a year.

As a business we still have some way to go to reduce the amount of single use plastic we use, but as a society we have even further to go. 

Our sausages are wrapped in PBAT (Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate)

A polymer that is derived from petrochemicals but is often added to other plant-derived bio-plastics to improve biodegradability, the higher the % renewable, plant-based components the slower it is to compost.

PBAT biodegrades quicker and better than a corn cob or avocado skin.

Plants used in purely plant-based plastics are likely to be commercially grown, maize for example, and therefore subject to all the environmental challenges associated with modern agriculture including, its dependence on fossil fuels for fertilizers and fuel.

Bio-plastics without PBAT require high heat industrial composting to break down. Without such heat, they only degrade over a very long time, and in marine environments break down into micro-plastics lasting for decades.

Given the worldwide interest in the security of food supplies, plant-based bio-plastics only increase the demand for land devoted to food plants. It is easy to see that PBAT is a valid call given this wider context.

Making a conscious effort as a consumer to support those who are trying to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in our environment is fundamental to its success.

We know that not all waste ends up where it needs to be, so we’re happy that wherever ours ends up, it will fully degrade, leaving behind no harmful residues.