“We’ve been fans of your jam forever but super disappointed you are still using plastic.” – LouiseMany of our customers tell us they like our plastic pot for its re-purposing qualities, but we are also aware that it’s not perfect. We purposely chose our polypropylene (#5) pot as unlike most other plastics, it’s food safe for hot filling (above 85 degrees Celsius) which allows us to make our traditional Anathoth Farm jams and chutneys without preservative.
Our business has been on a journey to better understand our overall impact on our environment including energy use, natural resources and waste. We have taken the following steps and wish to update you on recent findings;
- After researching the NZ recycling infrastructure we confirm that Polypropylene (PP or #5) is actively being recycled within NZ and made into low grade plastic items. It is also still being shipped off shore to select markets. Most of the larger councils accept #5 plastics in kerbside collection.
- We continue discussions with our NZ plastic pot manufacturer about integrating post consumer PP waste into our plastic pots and lids. After much debate and brainstorming, we regret to advise it is not a viable option to use post consumer PP waste in our pots or lids as its not deemed food safe. We appreciate this is contrary to what other grocery manufacturers packaged in PET have been promoting. Food safety is of paramount concern to us.
- We have debated moving to alternate packaging types. We recognise that while glass has the advantage of being easily recyclable, it is more energy intensive to make and freight than our plastic pots. Our plastic pots are manufactured locally and shipped a short distance to us.
- Our international connections continue to research technologies and processes to help us better understand the future of sustainable plastic packaging. We take these learnings and then assess whether NZ manufacturing practices and infrastructure can support. Sadly, this is where many barriers are identified.