Monday, 17 November 2008

Alara Foods - the UK's first Zero Waste food manufacturer


News from MRW has revealed that Alara Foods, based in Camden London are the first UK food manufacturer to become a Zero Waste company.

The UK's main organic muesli producer set itself the goal of Zero Waste three years ago and has now achieved this. The company now throws nothing away, illustrating that it's possible for a company, even a food producer to achieve a zero waste business and manufacturing process. Everything is recycled, composted or reused, including hard-to-recycle polystyrene, which is reused for packing.

As well as managing its in-house zero-waste processes, the company has also re-evaluated its consumer packaging and has chosen to pack all its new products in paper bags instead of using the traditional bag-in-box production.

So if you are looking for a zero waste breakfast, which not just supports slimming your own bin, but gives a thumbs up to the oft-forgotten process of sustainable manufacturing, Alara products are the way to go.

To find your local retailer, check out Alara's online directory. And if you don't have a shop nearby, the good news is that the company also has an online store.

More information on Alara's recycling policy can be found at the company's website.

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6 comments:

Lisa Badalamenti said...

The company now throws nothing away, illustrating that is is possible for a company, even a food producer to achieve a zero waste business and manufacturing process. Everything is recycled, composted or reused, including hard-to-recycle polystyrene, which is reused for packing.

Mrs Green said...

Oooo, Mrs A - you certainly know how to find the latest interesting information. I shall be taking a good peek at their site today and learning lots more about them.
Thanks for the heads up - what an inspirational company :)

Mrs G x

Katy said...

Interesting stuff! Apparently there is a stockist in Norwich so I will keep an eye out. I hope this is not one of those great little companies that ends up being bought by some multinational and losing its ethical way (Green & Black's, Ben & Jerry's?)

Sorry to be picky, but I wonder if that little plastic window affects the recyclability of their paper packaging? Hmm.

ALMOST MRS AVERAGE said...

Thanks Lisa :-D

Hi Mrs G - it's great isn't it because most products you see in the supermarkets have that extra bag, which most people have to send to landfill. :-D x

Hi Katy - I know what you mean. The beauty of independents is that they have more control over policy. It's great that you're so into this you're picking up on the detail. Of course in Bury we are lucky enough that we could take that piece of film to our local recycling centre, but I will check to see if it is the type that is biodegradable. :-D

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ALMOST MRS AVERAGE said...

LOL Just Gai - I'm coming over to see :-D

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