Probably one of the hottest industry and global topics right now is sustainability and the environmental impact of the meat industry. Almost all trade organisations and government departments are making great strides in efforts to improve sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint, but there's things we as butchers can do to make our contribution.
You might have heard of the 'farm to fork' movement, where consumers are encouraged to find out exactly where their produce is coming from to ensure the supplier has sustainable practises - this is a great ethos that we as butchers can contribute to by:
It's not uncommon to find heaps of plastic in most butcheries and smallgoods stores. While there are situations where single-use plastic is necessary, these instances are becoming less frequent. Manufacturers of butchery supplies are also committing to becoming more eco-friendly, which is a step in the right direction.
In 2023 we shouldn't be using single use plastic discs to separate burgers, or as plastic shopping bags. Source better. Use eco friendly packaging with supplies made from recycled materials, or even biodegradable options. Did you know you can get bio degradable vac pack now? Even in your displays, ditch the plastic parsley and other faux greenery.
There's no two ways about it - it's crucial that we move away from single use plastic. As an industry we need to avoid using single use plastic bags for customer purchases and plastic discs to separate burgers. Instead, opt for eco-friendly packaging made from recycled materials or biodegradable alternatives. Did you know that there is now biodegradable Cryovac available? Ditch the plastic display trays, and consider using alternatives to plastic parsley and other faux greenery in your displays to reduce your environmental impact. Let's all do our part to fight plastic waste. Do you need to wrap customers sausages in a single use bag? Let's do better as an industry!
The environmental packaging industry is moving at light speed, and almost everything we use know has an eco friendly alternative. The cost may be higher initially to swap out your supplies for better ones, but in the long run as they gain popularity, the price will come down, and one day these supplies will be the only option available. So think about making the switch now.
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The sustainable and environmental industries are moving at lighting pace - and if you think you have a product or work flow that can help butchers achieve their green goals, please do get in touch to discuss how we can recommend your services to my clients and the industry on a wider scale.