Sustainability in the kitchen
Over the past few years we have been investing in making our business more sustainable. One of the biggest challenges is packaging. There are now so many more options available but not all were an easy swap or the packaging didn’t quite fit our needs.
We are super excited that in 2023, one step we will be taking to become more sustainable is changing over 20L plastic drums to 15L Bag in the Box. We supply our hospitality customers with this bulk olive oil size, but increasingly, customers are purchasing for home use too.
Although we would often repurpose our 20L drums, unfortunately we couldn’t reuse them. These drums are not always recycled either. We then set about finding a filling and capping machine to change over to the Bag in the Box packaging that many people would know as a “good bag” for wine. This change will see our bulk oil reduce to a 15L but will mean they are easier for transport and shipping to our non hospitality customers. The cardboard outer is completely recyclable. The inner bladder has a tap that is recyclable and while the actual bag is not recyclable yet, they definitely mean less landfill.
Some other added environmental benefits is less fuel/ transport of packaging down to our grove. The 20L drums would fill large pallets and we would need to send 3-4 pallets at regular intervals. The new Bag in the Box packaging is all flat packed meaning over a years worth of packaging can be sent in just a few pallets.
There are also some added benefits for your olive oil too. The Bag in the Box packaging means less light and oxygen will get into your olive oil. Keeping your delicious olive oil fresher for longer. We hope that more and more home customers will now opt to purchase a 3L tin or 15L Bag in the Box for home. Buying in bulk not only means you save $$ on your oil, you save on trips to the shop and save multiple bottles from landfill by refilling a bottle. Saving our amazing planet can seem very overwhelming for an individual but small changes such as this, makes a big difference.
Date: September 4, 2023
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