BBF get to grips with returnable packaging
British Bird Food have always been acutely aware of our environmental impact and right from the very first order we have tried to reduce the carbon used in our packaging by having a returnable packaging service that allows re-use of the polythene bags at minimum inconvenience to the customer.
We have developed our packaging from the first tape tied bags, through the standard grip seal and now on to a specially designed seal on a very tough polythene bag that is compatible with the courier system and their 'delicate' way of handling our products. We have printed the free post address on the bags and so our customers will have minimum effort in returning the bags to us, just fold and place inside one of the printed bags and post - no envelope required!
The first bags we used were not the easiest to open without damaging them and thus they could not be re-used, so we moved to grip seal bags, these are the ones where you pinch together the two sides of the seal and it can be pulled undone. These proved unreliable and so we made the leap to having our own bags made with a special grip seal (that we can not revel in the blog unfortunately) that actually gets stronger when pressure is applied and along with another couple of features we have found we now have complete reliability and the bags lend themselves to being opened vary easily, they allow the seed to be poured out into the feeders without the use of a funnel and then when finished with, they can be returned for re-use.
We have some customers who really care about the environment and they take great care of our bags for us, they even number the bags and we save them for that customer, then we can track how many times we re-use (5 times so far with the old bags!). Some of our customers have been very patient with us and helped by giving feedback that has allowed us to develop the new bag, we are very grateful to them and hope we can continue to provide them with top quality wild bird food in returnable packaging - and all at very competitive prices - why would you want to recycle when you can re-use?