Our packaging is 100% recyclable and we are improving it all the time
Honey’s packaging – everything from the tape that seals our boxes to the ice sheets we use to keep it cold in transit – is 100% recyclable and, where possible, made from recycled materials.
However, recyclability is only one part of our packaging policy, which is built on three core principles: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Our starting point when it comes to packaging is to ensure that we use as little of the earth’s resources as possible – not only for the packaging itself, but also for its handling, storage and delivery.
This is best explained with a few examples.
The reason why Honey’s comes in ‘sausages’ (also known as chubs or shires) is because they use substantially less resources than any of the other currently available options.
Reducing our packaging has been an ongoing process since we were founded in 2009.
We currently use seven separate elements and not a week passes without us considering how we might reduce our use of one or more of them.
Our packaging is 100% recyclable.
We have prepared a special guide that explains how to recycle each element.
If you would like a copy, please contact Honey’s HQ.
We are always looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging (see below).
Several items of our packaging lend themselves to being reused. For example:
Our calculations to date suggest that the resources required to return any item to us for reuse outweighs the environmental benefit.
However, we do review this policy regularly in case the position changes.
Compostable packaging looks great at first sight and we were going to switch to it until a firm of environmental consultants advised us to reconsider.
The issues they raised were:
In short, we don’t think it is quite there yet.
We are actively looking for ways to further improve our packaging policy.
As explained above, one area we consider regularly is that of compostable plastic. We believe that in time it could well be the best option, but to date our existing packaging is better.
Another packaging option we have looked at is ‘waxed’ cardboard cartons.
Again, at this stage, it would appear that the environmental benefits of switching from plastic to ‘waxed’ cardboard are outweighed by the disadvantages.
Many customers have asked us about re-usable wool insulation, but our research indicates that the environmental cost (making it, returning it, washing it) over its likely lifetime outweighs the environmental benefits.
We have also been asked if the insulation we use at present could be returned to us for re-use.
Again, we believe the environmental cost (making it, returning it, washing it) over its likely lifetime outweighs the environmental benefits.
We are currently considering a new insulation material that could mean we can do away with the ice sheets and the plastic bag we currently use.
We also hope that in the future we will be able to use a compostable polystyrene-type material that we have identified, but which is not yet commercially available.
Honey’s packaging policy has been developed by our Ethics, Environment & Sustainability Working Party in conjunction with two external resources: a specialist environmental consultancy, Ryeden, and a separate carbon expert: Dr Simon Forsythe.
If you have any ideas or input as to how we could further improve our environmental management please contact our founder, Jonathan, using his personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org