Riverford Wicked Leeks

packaging - we want it back...well most of it

Monday 10th May 2010

Environmentally, there is no such thing as good packaging; only some that is less bad. Recycling can help but is energy intensive and a poor substitute for re-use or, even better, not using the stuff in the first place.

So why do we use any at all? Some leafy veg like spinach or delicate lettuce dehydrates so quickly that not using bags results in pointless waste. Similarly, tomatoes and mushrooms need protection and potato bags retain the mud and exclude light to prevent greening. We have plans to further reduce both the volume of packaging (carrot bags will go this winter) and weight (thinner and smaller bags and punnets), but we will never get to zero. We have been working with Exeter University to find the least worst option for what we have to use, with some surprising and counter-intuitive results: paper is less