Packaging – Reuse & Recycling Information

At The English Truffle Company we care a great deal about the environment. We are working hard to make our packaging “greener” while ensuring your order gets to you in great condition. Here we give you information to help you reuse and recycle it. We appreciate any more reuse ideas, feedback or suggestions on our packaging or this information.

Truffles

Packaging for truffles


We are still searching for packaging that fully meets our requirements and making a few trials. Consequently, the below may not be an accurate reflection of how you receive your truffles.

Food Vacuum Sealer Bags

Our search for recyclable or biodegradable vacuum sealer bags has failed. Vacuum sealing helps preserve and protect food. The bags we are using are manufactured from a composite film made from polyamide (PA) and polyethylene (PE). This falls into the plastic recycling category 7 "Other or "Miscellaneous". Regrettably, these plastics are not recyclable in normal collections.

Ice Packs

We use food safe Sorbatek ice packs to keep your truffles cool whilst in transit to help get them to you in optimum condition. Their unique design retains melting water to prevent any liquid escaping.

Reuse The ice packs can be reused. They can be refrozen and reused repeatedly. When frozen they will stay cool for a long time - perfect for your picnic, drinks or day out. They can also be used as a cold compress for injuries and sore muscles.
Recycle Unfortunately, despite being made of totally of recyclable materials, the ice packs are not yet fully recyclable at recycling centres in the UK. Many are not yet equipped to separate the component materials for recycling. Do not pour ice pack contents down the drain. We are working to source a similarly sized, recyclable or biodegradable alternative.

Thermal Postal Pockets

We have looked hard for an alternative to polystyrene boxes used by our competitors. Polystyrene is not biodegradable and being difficult to recycle, is usually landfilled. It is light and easily carried by the wind to litter or end up in water bodies. We use insulated thermal pockets made of multi-layered LDPE insulation with a tough LDPE outer bag, providing an extremely lightweight, cushioning protective, temperature-controlled food shipment system.

Reuse These pockets can be reused for keeping food or drinks cool.
Recycle Tear off sticky labels where possible and recycle. Few people can currently put plastic films, such as LDPE, in their household recycling collection. They can be recycled at carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets.

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Truffle Trees

Cardboard Boxes / Tubes

Depending upon the size of your order and the time of year your trees may be in a box or cardboard tube.
Reuse Your local school or playgroup may use cardboard boxes or tubes for craft projects. Smaller boxes can be re-used as gift boxes or for storage. Larger ones can be re-used if you or your friends / neighbours move to a new house. They can also be used for mulching and compost in the garden or under-the-bed storage. Cardboard tubes can be reused in many ways, search online.
Recycle Most local authority kerbside schemes will collect cardboard, or you can take it to a recycling bank.

Packing Chips

Our tree suppliers trialled biodegradable packing chips but unfortunately they did not protect the trees as well as polystyrene chips do as they were not dense enough. Regrettably therefore, trees in boxes are protected by polystyrene chips. The ones used are manufactured from 100% recycled polystyrene. While industry can recycle their polystyrene waste, most householders are unable to recycle it.
Reuse You can reuse polystyrene chips for cushioning delicate items in a house move or for sending breakables through the post.

Cling Film

For shipping, the roots of truffle trees are wrapped in cling film to retain moisture and contain the soil. When removed the film is likely to be wet and dirty. Our suppliers are looking at alternatives.

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Truffle Oil / Salt

Packaging for truffle oil and salt

Bags

When we send truffle oil in the post, we use bags to contain the liquid in the extremely unlikely event of a breakage. We are moving from polythene bags to ones made from the bioplastic. This is made from organic and GMO-free corn waste from food production.

Reuse These compostable bags can used as a liner for your food waste kitchen caddy.
Recycle These bags are certified home compostable meaning they are tested biodegradable and can be composted with food scraps in a well-nourished compost bin at home. Alternatively, if you have a food or garden waste collection service, they can go with that. The bags should not go in with your dry recycling as they cannot be recycled in the same way as non-biodegradable plastic.

Glass

Reuse Empty glass bottles and jars can be re-purposed. They are perfect for storing food and last for years. Jars can be used to store loose change, seeds, paper clips or screws and nails.
Recycle Please empty and rinse your empty jars and bottles. Put lids and caps back on to reduce the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process. Lots of local authorities offer kerbside collection of glass for recycling and bottle banks can be found in most areas.

Cardboard Boxes

Reuse Your local school or playgroup may use cardboard boxes for craft projects. Smaller ones can be re-used as gift boxes or for storage. Larger boxes can be re-used if you or your friends / neighbours move to a new house. They can also be used for mulching and compost in the garden or under-the-bed storage.
Recycle Most local authority kerbside schemes will collect cardboard, or you can take it to a recycling bank.

Padded Envelopes

Most padded envelopes are made of paper and plastic bubble-wrap so cannot be easily recycled. We are moving to eco-friendly padded envelopes. These envelopes have paper outer and an inner section of paper corrugated fluting to protect your goods.

Reuse Try to reuse the envelopes by adding new labels.
Recycle They can be put in your household recycling.

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Hampers

Glass

Reuse Empty glass bottles and jars can be re-purposed. They are perfect for storing food and last for years. Jars can be used to store loose change, seeds, paperclips or screws and nails.
Recycle Please empty and rinse your empty jars and bottles. Put lids and caps back on to reduce the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process. Lots of local authorities offer kerbside collection of glass for recycling and bottle banks can be found in most areas.

Cardboard Boxes

Reuse Your local school or playgroup may use cardboard boxes for craft projects. Smaller ones can be re-used as gift boxes or for storage. Larger boxes can be re-used if you or your friends / neighbours move to a new house. They can also be used for mulching and compost in the garden or under-the-bed storage.
Recycle Most local authority kerbside schemes will collect cardboard, or you can take it to a recycling bank.

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Books

Packaging for books

Padded Envelopes

Most padded envelopes are made of paper and plastic bubble-wrap so cannot be easily recycled. We are moving to eco-friendly padded envelopes. These envelopes have paper outer and an inner section of paper corrugated fluting to protect your goods.

Reuse Try to reuse the envelopes by adding new labels.
Recycle They can be put in your household recycling.

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Truffle Shavers

Packaging for truffle shavers

Gift Boxes

Reuse Your local school or playgroup may use these boxes for craft projects, or they could be re-used as gift boxes.
Recycle Please remove the plastic window from the cardboard box before recycling. The plastic window should be put in the rubbish bin. Most local authority kerbside schemes will collect cardboard, or you can take it to a recycling bank.

Padded Envelopes

Most padded envelopes are made of paper and plastic bubble-wrap so cannot be easily recycled. We are moving to eco-friendly padded envelopes. These envelopes have paper outer and an inner section of paper corrugated fluting to protect your goods.

Reuse Try to reuse the envelopes by adding new labels.
Recycle They can be put in your household recycling.

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