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Asda and Ella's Kitchen's baby food pouch recycling scheme goes national after trial success

Baby food brand Ella's Kitchen has unveiled plans to roll out its recycling scheme for packaging which isn't collected at kerbsides nationally, after a successful trial with Asda and TerraCycle. Launched in April, the six-month trial saw Asda provide Freepost envelopes for baby food pouches at 37 of its UK stores.   Consumers were encouraged to place up to 15 food pouches from any brand in the envelopes for posting to TerraCycle, which recycles them into products such as outdoor furniture, playground equipment and fence posts.   Ella’s Kitchen and TerraCycle additionally continued to operate their flagship network of drop-off points for the pouches, of which there were 400 at the start of the trial, throughout the pilot project.   The baby food company this week announced that, during the trial, its pouch collections increased by 87% on a year-on-year basis. Moreover, the network of collection points – commonly hosted in locations such as schools, offices and community spaces – grew to reach more than 600 hubs.   As such, Ella’s Kitchen and Asda will be rolling out the Freepost envelope service nationally and offering it in 110 of its stores.   In order to incentivise consumers to use the collection points and Freepost service, TerraCycle rewards users with a donation to a charity, NGO or school of their choice.   “At Ella’s Kitchen, we continue to be really proud of our partnership with TerraCycle, having been one of their first partners in the UK,” Ella’s Kitchen’s head of ‘The Good Stuff We Do’, Chris Jenkins, said.   “Since 2010, our EllaCycle programme has been providing parents and carers with a solution for all their baby food pouches and snack wrappers.   “As part of our commitment to The UK Plastics Pact, we know more needs to be done and that if we are to build a circular economy for plastics then greater collaboration is still required between industry as well as waste handlers, packaging manufacturers, local authorities and Government. The partnership with ASDA is a really important one as it demonstrates that collaboration and a commitment to working together for a sustainable solution.”   A world without waste   TerraCycle has diverted more than 7.7 billion pieces from landfill or incineration through its recycling service to date. The offering has attracted the support of an array of brands in recent months, including the likes of GilletteHovis, Johnson & JohnsonColgate Palmolive and  PepsiCo subsidiary Walkers – the latter of which is operating the UK’s first national recycling scheme for crisp packets.   But, going forward, the recycling firm is also hedging its bets on reuse. In a recent exclusive interview with edie, TerraCycle chief executive Tom Szaky revealed that an average of one brand per day has joined its ‘Loop’ platform since it was unveiled in January. Under the platform, businesses provide product refills to consumers while retaining ownership of their reusable packaging. Loop this week received a £1.56m fund from media giant Sky's Ocean Ventures investment arm, to support its UK launch next February.  

TerraCycle at edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020

  TerraCycle's chief executive Tom Szaky will be appearing at day two of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020, to deliver a keynote speech on resource efficiency. During the two-day event at London's Business Design Centre on 4 & 5 February, some of the biggest companies, individuals and organisations championing sustainability will gather to discuss the emergency response in transitioning to a net-zero economy.   The flagship, multi-award-winning event features keynotes speakers including former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; Rebecca Marmot, Unilever CSO; Gilbert Ghostine, Firmenich CEO, plus directors and senior managers from Pret-A-Manger, Interface, Vattenfall, John Lewis, Taylor Wimpey, Aviva, Pernod Ricard, LEGO Group, M&S, Diageo, Tesco, WSP, BASF, Mondelēz and more. For details and to register, visit: https://event.edie.net/forum/

Ella's Kitchen Targets 100% Recyclable Or Compostable Product Packaging By 2024

With the demands of modern parenting, baby food pouches leave some caregivers in a dilemma: Is the quest to feed our children nourishing food while on the go more important than environmental stewardship? In general, baby food pouches contain nutritious, often organic, whole foods and serve as way to healthily feed a child while in transit, on a conference call, at the park or when engaged in any of the other myriad activities that today’s busy families contend with. However, as reported time and again, the pouches are constructed of laminated mixed materials, such as aluminum and plastic, that aren’t easily separated. In countries around the world they are nearly impossible to recycle through municipal recycling programs. Ella’s Kitchen, a UK organic baby and toddler food brand whose products can be found in more than 40 countries worldwide, was the first in the sector to bring food to the market in pouches. The trend quickly gained momentum. According to industry data, the global packaged baby food market is a $53 billion dollar (and growing) business. As reported by The New York Times, 25% of baby food sales in the U.S. today are dedicated to pouches. For the foreseeable future, at least, pouches are here to stay. Some in the sector, including Ella's Kitchen, argue that in the grand scheme pouches may be relatively climate-friendly compared to other forms of packaging, like glass jars, as they are lighter-weight and space-saving. The result is fewer carbon emissions during the product’s life cycle. Ella's Kitchen reports that in 2018, 26% of their product packaging was recyclable through municipal recycling programs in their home country of the UK. This packaging accounted for the company's cardboard and plastic pots/trays. The remaining 74% of the company’s product packaging, pouches and snack wrappers, could not be recycled by municipal providers, the company says. To address this situation, since 2010 Ella’s Kitchen has partnered with Canadian-based TerraCycle to offer a recycling program for the company’s pouches in a program they have termed "EllaCycle." TerraCycle’s business model is built on repurposing traditionally non-recyclable waste. In the EllaCycle model a collection point for pouches is established by what the company calls a “Superhero EllaCycler.” Any baby food pouch, regardless of manufacturer, is accepted at this community collection point. The collected pouches are then sent to TerraCycle for repurposing. According to Ella’s Kitchen, the pouches are broken down into hard plastic granules and used to manufacture items like benches, plant pots and fence posts. There’s an added social dimension to the program: For every pouch collected, the Superhero EllaCycler earns two pence for donation to a charity of their choosing. Ella’s Kitchen says that there are now more than 400 EllaCycle drop off points across the UK and last year alone, more than 335,000 pouches were recycled through the program. On the social front, since EllaCycle started in 2010, more than £40,000 have been raised for charity. In the U.S., consumers can download free shipping labels from TerraCycle’s website to mail multiple brands of pouches, including those from Ella’s Kitchen, to the company for reuse. However, more can be done in the industry to ensure that 100% of the packaging used by consumers is easily recyclable. It is clear that Ella’s Kitchen agrees with this based on the targets established in their first sustainability report released this month, titled "The Good Stuff We Do." In the publication, Ella’s Kitchen promises that by 2024, 100% of the company’s product packaging will be recyclable or compostable through municipal programs. Ella’s Kitchen notes in "The Good Stuff We Do" that the company is willing to explore a solution for improved product packaging that better meets current recycling industry standards as well as support new recycling technologies. However, the company is confident that a greater impact can be made by collaborating with partners and other organizations to rethink waste streams and municipal programs, they say in the report. As part of this effort, last year Ella’s Kitchen signed The UK Plastics Pact, an initiative of the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme with support from the Ellen McArthur Foundation. The Pact aims to bring together constituents from across the value chain to create a circular economy for plastics in the UK. “We’re proud to have signed The UK Plastics Pact,” Chris Jenkins, the brand’s European sustainability manager, tells me. “It brings together brands and businesses, the waste industry and government to look at how we can work together to solve an issue like this,” he says regarding current limitations in the plastics recycling industry. Jenkins led the process of developing "The Good Stuff We Do" report including setting the sustainability targets outlined in the publication. As one of the first Certified B Corporations in the UK, a fundamental part of "The Good Stuff We Do" strategy is a focus on “being the change” and using the company's voice to maximize the positive impact that Ella's Kitchen can have on the world, Jenkins says. The company hopes to lead the industry in finding a 100% recyclable solution for baby food pouches, he says. Jenkins notes that he believes sustainable change in the industry will happen only when all the stakeholders in the life cycle of a product work together to ensure that there’s consistency in the type of materials used at the start for product packaging with what recyclers and waste handlers seek at the product’s end of life. He says that this currently isn’t happening industry-wide, and the UK Plastics Pact is a momentous undertaking that aims to engage all parties in a conversation to work towards this end. “It’s about joining all of those dots,” he tells me optimistically.  

Waste Reduction

Here at Locavore we want everything we do to have as little impact on the environment as possible. We aim to think and act in a circular way. This means working strategically across the organisation to ensure the flow of materials is connected – that things are used and reused, that produce from the farm is connected to the cafe via the shop floor, and that we have a strict purchasing ethos which ensures quality, local and ethical items and produce are bought.