For World Environment Day we continue in our mission to 'grow goodness' by fighting food waste, building biodiversity & rally for recycling
World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide, on the 5th of June, to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
At BerryWorld, we are constantly looking at ways to minimise our impact on the planet and for World Environment Day we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the work we have been doing to 'grow goodness'.
A world of good that doesn't cost the earth
Committed to ensuring a sustainable and ethical supply chain, BerryWorld is a Leading Food Partner to FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, by diverting delicious out of spec fresh berries.
Since our partnership began, this fruit has helped provide the equivalent of over 1 million healthy meals to those in need supported by FareShare’s network of over 3200 charities and community groups nationwide.
Re-purposing our delicious out of spec berries, allows us to help those in need whilst preventing fruit from going to waste, meaning we reduce our environmental impact and add an extra level of goodness to the berries we supply.
keeping the plastic journey going
Despite growing demand for a move away from plastic packaging we're still at a stage where plastic provides optimal protective packaging for all our berries along their journey from field to table.
Recycling plastic is one of the most important things we can do to protect our planet. We endeavour to use the maximum amount of recycled plastic in our packaging to commit to this cause.
Recycling plastic is a simple and effective way to protect the planet and promote sustainability. By recycling our plastic waste, we can reduce our impact on the environment, conserve resources, and build a brighter future for ourselves and future generations.
HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR BERRY PACK
To understand what we can recycle, let's take a look at what our berry packs are currently made of:
- Plastic pack - 70% post consumer recycled material, RPET
- Plastic film - 30% post consumer recycled material
- Fibre pad - 100% fibre, paper-recyclable absorbent pad
Now you know a little more about what's in the pack, here's what to do with the pack to get the most out of it:
- Plastic pack - empty, ensure it's clean and place in your blue recycling bin or recycling bag
- Plastic film - remove from pack, ensure it's clean and either recycle from home or take to an out of home recycling points (find one here).
- Fibre pad - remove from pack, ensure it's clean and place in your blue recycling bin or recycling bag
For a comprehensive guide on what, where and how to recycle in the UK, visit Recycle Now.
Making biodiversity our bees-ness
Biodiversity not only benefits berry production but also contributes to ecological balance. For example bees move from flower to flower, inadvertently cross-pollinate other plants, supporting a rich diversity of plant and animal life, and sustaining ecosystems.
To address biodiversity challenges, including habitat loss, climate change and diseases, we prioritise sustainable farming and conservation efforts. Working with our growers to implement practices like integrated pest management to minimising pesticide use, planting of trees and hedges, and incorporating wildflowers into the fruit fields to encourage insect and bee population. We also collaborate with beekeepers to open up more farms for beehives and support organisations dedicated to bee conservation.