Packaging (aka the bain of our life!)
We love roasting coffee, we also love drinking coffee, but a byproduct of this luxury item is it's packaging, for us this comes in the form of a bag.
The bag has a few jobs it must perform in order to be useful.
Actually quite a lot for just a bag. This makes it all the more sad that it's destined for a very short life!
We have spent hundreds of hours researching, designing and trialling bags and vessels of all varieties to try and find the perfect option. All have their benefits but none are without their faults. We'd love for you all to come along with your reusable containers and we could do away with single use packaging but for many reasons that just isn't feasible for everyone. This being said it's not a lost cause, we just need to be realistic.
So with all this in mind and considering we're coffee roasters and not packaging manufacturers, we have to choose the best solution available to us today! (This won't stop us looking for a better option!) This comes in the form of our current white bags. They are plastic BUT they are LDPE 4 which means they are the same material used for shopping bags, no we don't like shopping bags either but it means that our bags can be recycled with carrier bags at most supermarkets and also some home collections giving them the greatest chance of being recycled. Twin this with decent barrier properties and we have a winner, for now :)
If you live somewhere without any of these recycling facilities, what we'd ask is that you save up at least 10 and up to 20 bags and post them back to us via royal mail(2nd class will do) ping us an email with evidence of the cost and we'll give you a credit for the postage amount off your next order. We will then make sure those bags are recycled and the circle continues.
Whether or not you can recycle our bags from your bin at home will depend on your local authority.
Don’t worry about removing the air valve or the paper label, they’re fine to go in with the rest.
The recyclenow website is an amazing resource, we’d definitely recommend bookmarking it if like us you’ve ever been confused about recycling.
I hope you understand our reasonings, we are constantly searching for the best available option. And remember if you live nearby you can always pop in with your reusable container and we can fill it.