Packaging - what we use and why we use it!

With plastic being such a hot issue at the moment, we’ve spent some time looking into the materials we use, why we use them and if there are any better alternatives available at the moment.

Most importantly for our products, the main aim is to give the best possible flavour when you cook with them - for this reason the spices are often added at different stages of cooking (and different blends in different dishes), so all the various component parts of our kits need to be packaged separately.

As they’re a food product, they also need to be packed in food-safe material and sealed well so that all the effort that goes into grinding and blending them freshly isn’t wasted if they lose their scent and flavour really quickly!

We also know that lots of you buy our products as gifts, so the outer packaging is also very important in terms of visual impact.

As you can see from the table below, most of the materials we use can be recycled by you at home as well as by us in-house, and the majority are made from recycled materials. It's not a perfect list by any means, but we are aware of this as an issue, and are looking hard for any better solutions (without compromising the nature, quality and look of the product!)

Item

Department

Material

Why we chose this

Address Labels

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Subscriptions, Spicestore, Curry Legend

70gsm backing sheet/recyclable adhesive

✓ (leave on the box and recycle with your cardboard)

Standard Royal Mail issued labels

Banding Tape

Subscriptions

BOPP foil, WESSCO 66.369.6 laminating glue, BOPP film

x (made from 3 different materials which, unfortunately, makes them non recyclable)

Extremely strong to hold the contents of your spicebox in place for it’s journey! 

Blend Storage Tins

Curry Legend

Tinplate with embossing

✓ (recycle with your cans)

Perfect for keeping the spices fresh as wel as looking great on your kitchen shelves!

Bookmarks

Curry Legend

FSC certified paper*

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

They do what they say on the tin! Recyclable in case you don't need it

Card Sleeve

Curry Legend

600mic 2 Sided SBS FBB

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

Holds tin together - universally recyclable

Cardboard Gift Box

Curry Legend

600mic 2 Sided SBS FBB

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

Recyclable but also designed to be kept as perfectly stores your Curry Legend book and blends!

Celloslips

Easy Kits

SpA film

✓ (recycle with your plastics)

Polypropylene films have a composition that complies with the requirements for food contact applications

Coloured Tissue

Curry Legend

Two ply chemicalpulp/recycled fibre mix

✓ (recycle with your paper)

Adds protection (and presentation!)

Eyelets

Easy Kits

Brass - nickle plated

✓(recycle with your tins)

Holds the kit contents together securely

Fabric Gift Bag

Subscriptions, Easy Kits

5 oz cotton

✓(leave in a non-black carrier bag with your paper recycling)

An environmentally friendly product, manufactured in a Fairtrade Accredited, ethically audited, carbon neutral factory

Happy Spicing Box

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Subscriptions, Spicestore, Curry Legend

N_Flute Card

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

Non branded but colourful, perfect for gifts, sturdy edges to keep contents safe

Ingredients Bag Labels

Spicestore, Curry Legend

Glassine paper/general purpose permanent acrylic water based adhesive

✓ (remove from clear bags and recycle with your paper)

Food safe and stain resistant

Ingredients Bags

Spicestore, Curry Legend

BOPP/LDPE/12 mic PET / 80 mic PE

✓ (remove label and recycle with your plastics)

Sealed to keep the spices fresh!

Invoice Paper

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Spicestore, Curry Legend

90gsm Offset Paper

✓(recycle with your paper)

These go in all non-gift orders. They can be recycled but if you’d rather not receive one, just ask!

Matchboxes (3 parts)

Subscriptions

Carrier Board / Boxboard / Kraftboard

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

We use these three component parts as they create a really solid platform to hold your spicebox together!

Measuring Spoon

Curry Legend

Polypropylene and polystyrene

✓ (recycle with your plastics. NB check with local council for rules on coloured plastic recycling)

Exactly the right size for your Curry Legend cooking!

Metal Rings

Easy Kits

Stainless steel

✓ (recycle with your tins)

These are the most appropriate method of holding the card onto a personalised kit!

Outer Tin

Curry Legend

Tinplate with embossing

✓ (recycle with your tins)

Recyclable but also designed to be kept as perfectly stores your Curry Legend book and blends!

Parcel Boxes

Curry Legend

Rigid corrugated cardboard with two layers of fluting

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

These have just enough space for the Curry Legend boxes and a little void fill, making the contents well protected!

Pink Gift Cards

Easy Kits, Curry Legend

FSC certified paper*

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

Small and colourful, perfect for a gift messages!

Promotional Leaflets/ Voucher Cards

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Subscriptions, Spicestore, Curry Legend

FSC certified paper*

✓ (recycle with your paper)

We try not to inundate with leaflets and flyers but those we do send are all recyclable

Recipe Cards

Easy Kits, Subscripions, One Pot Wonders

250gsm gloss art, film laminated (vegetable inks)

X (unfortunately, these can't be recycled because they are laminated)

We laminate these so that you can keep them in good condition (and so they’ll survive the odd splash of curry sauce!)

Sealed Spice Sachets

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Subscriptions

Polypropylene

✓ (recycle with your plastics)

These keep the portioned out spices fresh and make it easy for you to add to your recipe in order

Shrink Wrap

Curry Legend

Polymer plastic film

✓ (recycle with your plastics)

Stops the blends from escaping the spice tins in transit

Sleeves

Subscriptions

711mic Carrier Board

✓ (recycle with your cardboard)

Holds the component parts of your  spicebox together as well as the address label

Void Fill

Curry Legend

100% recycled EPS

BIODEGRADABLE

After testing various products this one was the most effective at protecting the products from damage in transit! Made to biodegrade in landfills, soil or water leaving no harmful residue behind

Whole Spice Bags

Subscriptions

Polyethylene

✓ (remove label and recycle with your plastics)

Made from Virgin Polymer and therefore are completely recyclable and food use approved

*FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. At least one tree is planted for every one cut down and in many respects, papers using virgin fibre have better environmental accreditations than those made from recycled pulp.

Happy spicing!