Plastic-free Riverford

Riverford replaces one million plastic bags with compostable packaging

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 1 March 2021

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Organic grocery box delivery service Riverford will replace 1.25 million plastic bags each year with home compostable alternatives supplied by TIPA.

The partnership is the latest step in Riverford’s bid to supply all its fresh fruit and vegetables in compostable packaging where packaging is needed.

In 2020, its vegetable boxes used 82% less plastic than organic vegetables from supermarkets.

Alternatives to plastic

Riverford’s research found compostable packaging was the most effective eco-friendly packaging alternative to conventional plastic for fresh food quality. 

Riverford’s commitment to compostables reflects a wider industry trend towards low-waste packaging solutions. 

The global flexible packaging market, including compostable films and other alternatives to conventional plastic, is expected to increase from $160.8bn to $200.5bn by 2025.

‘The fresh produce industry needs pioneers like Riverford to offer sustainable packaging choices including compostables to give consumers the chance to cut down on plastic and food waste.  
 
‘We look forward to the year ahead as we continue to support Riverford in supplying its produce in sustainable packaging that doesn’t compromise on the quality its customers expect.’

GARY TEE
Sales director at TIPA

A three-way partnership

Sustainability has been at the core of Riverford’s approach since it was founded. To limit carbon emissions, Riverford chose to connect TIPA with packaging converter Brayford to keep its existing local supply chain.  

The success of the three-way partnership has led to Riverford placing an additional order of over one million compostable bags for the year ahead.  

‘Sustainability is a huge focus for our business, and something that is incredibly important to our customers. In 2018, we conducted a survey and found that 82.5% of our customers already compost their food or garden waste. This encouraged us to seek out compostable alternatives to plastic to reduce the amount of packaging going to landfill. 

‘Working with Brayford and TIPA, we have found an eco-friendly alternative to plastic that does not affect the quality of our product and actually promotes longevity, reducing food waste in the long term. We are proud to be replacing over one million plastic bags, and look forward to the future as new sustainable technologies continue to be developed for the grocery industry.’

MATTHEW MOUNTFIELD
Senior buyer at Riverford

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