We take just as much care when wrapping and packing our meat as we do when growing it. We have worked very hard to package your meat so that it arrives in the most convenient way to you.
If we had it our way, we'd do away with packaging altogether, but to get our food to you in perfect condition we need to protect it. We have spent a lot of time, over many cups of tea, and much pacing around the kitchen working out the best way to send out our lovely products to you. We have considered many options, trialing and testing, to find how to keep your food at the perfect temperature, in packaging that's easy for you to use and does not harm our beautiful environment.
We are always working hard to reduce our packaging and source sustainable alternatives.
HOW WILL A VILLAGE BUTCHERS MEAT BOX ARRIVE?
When you receive your VILLAGE BUTCHERS meat box, it will arrive in one of our recycled cardboard boxes. We only use sustainably sourced and recycled cardboard.
You'll usually find an ice pack in your meat box. This can be stored in your freezer to use again.
HOW WILL THE MEAT BE PACKAGED?
We individually wrap each portion so you can take what you need, when you need it and leave the rest for another day.
Each individual portion package is stored in an outer wrap where you'll find details of the product, the best before date and any ingredients.
HOW TO REUSE, RECYCLE OUR PACKAGING
All paper, card and cardboard can be recycled or composted.
Our ice packs can be stored in the freezer to reuse.
Our plastic vac packs can be put into your weekly plastic recycling.
WHAT CAN'T WE DO JUST YET
We need to ensure that our materials are 'food safe' this is a directive set out by the FSA who ensure all producers only use packaging materials that are perceived to be not harmful to our health. When it comes to packaging, there are very few options available on the market to package meat that are certified 'food safe', can cope with being transported, can cope with temperatures up to -18, and are practical for you to use at home. For the time being our individual portions will remain in their plastic sleeves, however, we are working on this and hope to share more news on this soon.
For any plastic we use we ensure that we use the lowest grade plastic possible in order to reduce our usage. All the plastic used can be recycled using your weekly curbside collection.
We will continue to strive to reduce and improve all areas of packaging and waste because just like you we believe in reducing our waste and our environmental impact, to ensure we create an incredible environment for future generations to enjoy.
In the coming months, you will see some changes made to our packaging with the aim of reducing our environmental impact.