"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 we’ve chosen to use local ingredients to cut down on the food miles, but most importantly we wanted to use the most sustainable packaging we could find. We 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 we 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 we haven’t managed to crack yet is the plastic film, but believe me we're working on it!
Your Jess Cooks order will arrive wrapped in a cosy liner made of sheep's wool, and kept chilly with lots of Sorbafreeze ice packs. As well as being an excellent insulator, wool is also biodegradable, so just pop it on your compost heap, use it as animal bedding or even in the garden as frost protection for your plants! The plastic liner can be recycled along with other carrier bags at most major supermarkets.
Sorbafreeze ice packs are filled with a dry powder, so are extremely light when they are shipped by the manufacturer and have a lower carbon footprint than gel packs. When they reach us, we hydrate them in water and the powder turns to a food safe gel. We then freeze them down before using them to keep your order nice and cool in transit. You can then reuse them as ice packs, or simply dispose of them with your normal waste. The gel is created from a “FDA and EU food safe natural salt polymer which has no negative environmental issues”. Unfortunately at present Sorbafreeze ice packs are not recyclable, but we’re hoping that will change soon.