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Packaging is a real pinch-point for any business that involves deliveries, and doubly so if what you’re delivering is food!
Throw in a worldwide pandemic and things get even more interesting.
Yes, finding the sweet spot between protecting the quality and integrity of the produce, appropriate levels of hygiene, and avoiding waste is an art form. MVP is the acronym we try and adhere to at Table, and that’s not a sporting analogy. To us it means minimal viable packaging! We’re going to challenge ourselves to be even more vigilant on this front through July, and embrace Plastic Free July as best as we can.
We usually deliver each order in its own pod – either a reusable green bag, or in warmer months, in a cooler bag made specially for us and designed to keep ingredients in optimum condition. We reuse these bags, collecting them from customers and sanitising them to ensure we are not inadvertently contributing to the spread of COVID. Meats are plastic wrapped and usually vacuum sealed; while fruits and vegetables are packed using that MVP approach and when we have to bag them, we use compostable bags. All our ingredients are packed, portioned and stored in accordance with our Food Safety Plan which sets out our commitment to providing our pods in the safest and most practical manner possible.
For the next month, we’re going to start by replacing the pods with recycled cardboard boxes (which we will line with butchers paper for sanitary purposes). Once you’ve unpacked your delivery, please recycle the box. We’ll keep doing that until we run out of boxes! We’re also going to avoid bagging items even more, and we’ll be on the lookout for any other opportunities to reduce or reuse items. So please, let us know if you have any great packaging hacks or suggestions! We’re all ears!