What is EcoGreen packaging (and should I choose it?)

hank you for looking a bit more into our eco friendly packaging. Just so you know, our conventional coffee bags remain the default option but if you are ahead of the game and have already ordered your coffee in EcoGreen, read on below for the best way to store it and keep it fresh.

If you already put locally grown veg on the table and have your bag for life with you at the supermarket, you're already doing a great job of looking after our environment. And now, we can go a bit further by choosing eco friendly packaging recyclable and compostable packaging every time you order your coffee. 

This packaging is very simple; we use 100% food grade brown paper bags (in place of the conventional foil lined plastic bags) which are closed using the same paper label we've always used. These are packed in unbleached cardboard boxes which are sealed with paper tape. All of these materials are readily recycled by local authorities all across the country. And, if we have a space to fill in any of our boxes, we use so called “void fill quavers” made from simple vegetable starch which are compostable with no nasty decomposition byproducts. You can compost them in your own allotment or garden, or they can be sent to landfill with a clear conscience. 

You do, however, need to be aware of one important thing...

Just like all other foodstuffs, coffee loses its freshness and goes stale when it come into contact with oxygen in the air.

Our usual plastic and metal film packaging (complete with the hard plastic gas release valve) provides a strong barrier against oxygen and our products can be kept in it for a number of months without deteriorating. Unfortunately, because of the mixed plastics these bags cannot be recycled.

If you choose to "EcoGreen" that's brilliant, but remember, the paper bags will NOT provide any oxygen barrier and you MUST put your coffee in an airtight container such as a clean glass jar with tight fitting lid, a lidded plastic food storage box or perhaps a large zip type polythene food bag that can be reused over and over for this purpose. Store your coffee this way as soon as possible after your receive it or it will go stale very quickly.  The few days it takes to transport them to you will not have any noticeable effect on freshness as they are still pushing out the gases freed during the roasting process, but leaving them in their paper packaging will!  We don't think this is too high a price to pay for environmentally friendly packaging, but the choice is yours - just select 'Yes" on the drop-down menu when selecting your product options as usual.

Finally, we use Royal Mail and DPD to deliver all of our orders small and large respectively. These two companies have been ranked in the top three carbon conscious delivery companies and you can read the report here Money.co.uk.

We are proud to offer our customers this option and hope some of you will enjoy using this service.