Environmentally friendly packaging changes
Here at Smoky Barrel Jerky we are constantly looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly. As you know, we already use our upcycled 108 gallon ex Sherry casks to hot smoke our Jerky, not using electricity in this process, just wood and charcoal.
Our current Jerky packaging is manufactured using highly laminated plastic, which provides an excellent barrier, preventing pathogens and the growth of other undesirables. With its oxygen absorber added, it is perfect for our purposes, allowing a year’s shelf life.
The only downside and our biggest challenge is that this packaging, due to its nature is not recyclable and we are changing this. We have spent the last 6 months researching alternatives and discussing the matter with manufacturers of compostable/recyclable packaging from all over the globe including the U.S, India and Israel.
Some companies do not want to deal with us as the current quantities we require while growing as a micro-business fall vastly short of their minimum order requirement. This is frustrating but is the way it is. Some of the packaging is only Oxo-degradable which contributes to soil and marine micro-plastic pollution so is not an option.
We are at this moment in time looking at a solution from Germany which provides packaging that is part fully compostable and part recyclable without any Oxo-degradable by-products. The only issue with these are that the packaging itself due to being part compostable will have its own shelf life meaning we will not be able to stock vast quantities, however the company is on board with this.
To cut a long story short, over the next few months we will hopefully start using this new packaging however it will mean a reduced shelf-life of Jerky from 1 year down to between 3-6 months which is still reasonable and most importantly ethical and sustainable as we grow as a business claiming to produce ethically produced artisan beef jerky!
We are also looking at selling branded masonry jars, after a trial run which can be stocked with our upcoming jerky sticks, sent in fully compostable bags. We think this is a great all solution.
How would you feel about having environmentally friendly packaging but a reduced shelf life on your Jerky? Would you be interested in a Smoky Barrel Jerky Mason Jar in your house full of Jerky sticks?
It would be great to hear peoples thoughts!
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