Jan 18, 2020 Food, Shopping

Author Alice Kerby

Just wanted to share a company I have recently come across which supplies British grown beans, grains, cereals and pulses. Great for reducing food miles, especially for those on a plant-based diet.
I contacted them for clarification on the packaging they use and have copied their reply below. They also have some great recipes on their website, worth checking out! https://hodmedods.co.uk/

“Hi Alice

Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in our British-grown pulses, grains and seeds.

We aim to reduce and eliminate packaging, especially plastic, wherever possible. With a few remaining exceptions, the majority of our products are now packed in compostable or recyclable packaging as follows:

  • Biodegradable/compostable cellophane (most 500g or smaller packs of pulses, grains and seeds)
  • Recyclable paper (flour and flaked cereals, 1kg and larger bags of other products)
  • Glass (fermented naked barley grain and fava bean umami paste)
  • Steel (canned pulses)

The main exception at present is our roasted bean and pea snacks, where we’re still looking for an alternative to plastic that provides sufficient protection from the air throughout the shelf-life.

We also use packaging chips / puffs to protect orders we send out by post or parcel courier – these are not plastic or styrofoam but are made from GM-free maize starch and are fully biodegradable and compostable. In fact if you put one in water you’ll see that it instantly dissolves to almost nothing.

I’m afraid we aren’t able to accept resuable cloth bags from customers – it would be complicated to manage but also would compromise our food safety processes.

I hope that helps.

Best wishes, Nick

By Hannah