Ever since I had the idea for Jess Cooks, I knew one of the core values had to be operating in as environmentally sustainable way as possible. 

That’s why where possible I’ve chosen to use local ingredients to cut down on the food miles, but most importantly I wanted to use the most sustainable packaging I could find. I spent a year researching and testing different types of receptacle, from recyclable plastic pots to biodegradable trays made from sugarcane. But none of them ticked all of the boxes. 

Finally I came across Southern Cross Packaging, whose innovative new type of food trays are ovenproof, freezer safe and microwaveable. Most importantly they’re made from a plastic coated cardboard, which once rinsed can be recycled along with all your other cardboard and paper, just like a fruit juice carton. The cardboard sleeves are also 100% recyclable. The only thing I haven’t managed to crack yet is the plastic film, but believe me I’m working on it!