Our Recyclable Packaging

We’ve been working hard to find alternatives to some of our non-recyclable packaging and strive to have as much of our packaging as possible recyclable in the coming year.  

But it is not without it challenges. There's still 1 or 2 products that have a small amount of plastic in but we're pleased to say that the majority of our products use recyclable packaging.

We’ve recently invested in several gum tape machines that means that our packaging boxes as well as the tape, are completely recyclable. No need to strip the tape off the box when you put it in the recycle bin.

Packaging that is currently 100% recyclable:

  1. All 12.55kg products that come in a paper sack are fully green bin recyclable. These sacks are 100% paper. 
  2. All of our brown boxes are fully recyclable and are made using recycled materials.
  3. For some products we also use second hand boxes to help with our "reuse, recycle" ethos.
  4. The paper and acrylic tapes used on our packaging. 
  5. The Ready Peck and Ivel Valley labels on our products.
  6. The box liners we use in our 12.55kg and 20kg boxes.
  7. Most of the wrapping on our 2/4/6kg and small products is oxo-biodegradable and identified with oxo-biodegradable icons on the packaging. 

Please note: not all plastics are green bin recyclable, this will vary depending on your local council. 

Sustainable Farming

Sustainability is always at the core of what we do, which is why we have adopted precision farming techniques throughout the farm to optimise resources required to grow all of our crops including; wheat, millet, sunflower seeds, onions, shallots, and potatoes.

We have also invested heavily in state-of-the-art storage facilities to ensure our produce is kept in the best condition for longer. This includes cold storage and controlled atmosphere storage.

Renewable energy is used to help run the stores with over 400kw of solar panels installed over the farm. We also have our own wind turbine and even use water from our very own reservoir to irrigate our farms.


Our produce is grown under the L.E.A.F. (Linking Environment and Farming) protocol, which is the leading environmental growing programme in the UK. The LEAF approach is built around the whole-farm principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which achieves a balance between the best modern technology and sound traditional methods, whilst enriching the environment.

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