All of our products are packaged in plastic free bags. We use a combination of certified home compostable grade plant based bags and recyclable and /or compostable strong brown paper bags to package your food. We use cardboard boxes and recyclable brown paper tape to send out your package, and cushion your goods with scrunched brown paper and / or a biodegradable plant based loose fill. Where possible, we reuse the boxes that we receive goods in.
Our biodegradable, certified home compostable bags look like plastic bags - but they aren't! They are made from cellulose derived from renewable wood pulp. There are many grades of compostable plant based bags - some are only compostable in industrial composts, but these bags are certified to the "OK Compost Home" standard for use in home composts. We recommend tearing them up before placing in your compost heap. They are also approved for anaerobic digestion and for marine biodegradation. If you would prefer to receive all of your items in paper bags, please just pop this in the comments section. Oily foods such as dried fruits, nuts, tea etc. will seep some oil into the bags but if you don't mind, then we are more than happy to pack in the paper bags.
Our biodegradable, plant based loose fill are the shape of peanuts and look a little bit like polystyrene - but they aren't!. They are made from starch, which is an annually renewable resource rather than a depleting resource, are certified biodegradable and have been proven to provide better impact protection than polystyrene. They dissolve in water, so once you receive, there is no need to put them into any bin - just add water and watch them disappear.
Please consider reusing the bags or boxes - recycling is great but reusing is even better!
Head to the highlights section on our Instagram page to see how we package items for delivery.
HOW WE STORE FOODS
Here at Zero Waste Bulk Foods, one of our goals is to reduce the amount of plastic in the supply chain. We buy food in bulk from our UK partners (who source globally in even larger bulk quantities) and also from local suppliers. We then place all of our products in airtight containers and store in clean, cool and dry facilities. Each product is stored in its original packaging, sealed with a high grade, commercial sealing clip then placed into airtight containers. So, you can be sure that the products you receive are of good quality!
Every food containing an allergen is stored in it's own separate container, and we also ensure that organic and non organic foods (and scoops) are stored separately. When an order is placed, we weigh each product being purchased and then place either into a brown paper bag or a natureflex plant based (not plastic!) bag. The natureflex bags are best used for products that may leak oils or juice, such as dried fruits, nuts, coffee etc. We then place a sticker containing all of the information you would expect to see on a product if you purchased from a shop.
We are able to monitor stock turnover very closely and try to ensure that products are turned over well before their best before date. If any products did come close to their best before date, they would be offered at a discounted price due to best before date approaching.
Zero Waste Bulk Foods received a Food Hygiene rating of 5 in October 2019 - which is the highest rating possible and means that we fully comply with the law. Our premises were inspected by a food safety officer from Horsham District Council to check that we follow food hygiene law and that the food that we package and sell is safe to eat. They looked closely at how we handle food, how we store food, how we prepare food, how clean our facilities are and how we manage food safety. Since moving into our current premises in September 2020, we are still awaiting a new inspection by Mole Valley District Council. Due to covid they have not been able to conduct a physical inspection yet, but are happy to speak to anyone who would like to discuss on 01306 885001.