Packaging - what we use and why we use it!



With plastic and packaging in general 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 (or any areas we can cut down on waste).



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. The packs also need to be delivered by post so they need to be light-weight, flexible, non-breakable and also thin enough to go through a letterbox which tends to rule out glass, metal and lots of other rigid materials. 

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 a lot are made from recycled materials. Admittedly there are some where we're struggling to find good alternatives (plastic sachets, banding tape etc - why are you so useful but also so difficult to recycle!!) so 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!)

In terms of progress - we're currently trialling a compostable pouch for Curry Legend Blend refills made from wood pulp, so please let us know how you get on with that - it can be put into your home compost, or disposed with your food waste. We're also trialling a single ingredient plastic film for the sachets (rather than the current laminate material that's very hard to recycle), so will keep you updated with that. We're also looking at our own waste in-house and are continuing to look for ways to reduce or eliminate that. 

It's not easy, and it seems there are no really simple answers but we'll continue to do our best to reduce any unnecessary waste materials, and re-use and recycle wherever possible. We'll let you know when we have some solutions!

Happy Spicing!

Item

Department

Material

Why we use 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! We're currently looking for alternatives to this material (but no obvious solutions yet)

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 paper and 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

x/✓ (theoretically recyclable with your plastics - but may vary depending on your council!)

Lightweight and convenient (but we will be testing a compostable pouch in the coming weeks)

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

✓ (if you can peel them off(!), 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

x/✓ (theoretically recyclable with your plastics - but may vary depending on your council!)

Flexible, lightweight and well sealed to keep the spices fresh! We will be trialling a non-laminate plastic in the next couple of months that will be easier to recycle, and also a compostable bag - will update you with any successes!

Invoice Paper

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Spicestore, Curry Legend

90gsm Offset Paper

✓(recycle with your paper)

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

x/✓ (theoretically recyclable with your plastics - but may vary depending on your council!)

Exactly the right size for your Curry Legend cooking! No obvious alternative at the moment, but hopefully will test a metal spoon in future (once volumes are big enough to support a bespoke design!)

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're laminated)

We laminate these so that you can keep them in good condition (and so they’ll survive the odd splash of curry sauce!). We will look into alternatives for the laminate, but nothing definite on the horizon yet!

Sealed Spice Sachets

Easy Kits, One Pot Wonders, Subscriptions

Polypropylene / PE

x/✓ (theoretically recyclable with your plastics - but may vary depending on your council!)

These keep the portioned out spices fresh and make it easy for you to add to your recipe in order. We will be trialling a non-laminate plastic in the next couple of months that will be easier to recycle, and also a compostable bag - will update you with any successes!

Void Fill Foam

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

x/✓ (theoretically recyclable with your plastics - but may vary depending on your council!)

Made from Virgin Polymer and therefore should be completely recyclable and food use approved. We will be trialling a non-laminate plastic in the next couple of months that will be easier to recycle, and also a compostable bag - will update you with any successes!