Boxes for local delivery in person are packed in recyclable cartons or paper bags. We may leave an ice-pack in the box if you’re not home when it’s delivered. Boxes for courier delivery are currently packed in ‘Chilltainers’, which are double layered silver cartons (no polystyrene here), with ice packs. In the courier boxes with ice packs the meat stays nicely chilled for at least 24 hours, long enough for it to get from our fridge to yours.
The ice packs and Chilltainers can be recycled back to us so we can use them again (if they’re clean) – if you’re local then just give them back to us or leave them out when we collect. If you’re receiving by courier then we’ll pay for courier return once you’ve collected 5 or more cartons.
We hate plastic but it happens to be the only thing that’s really good at preventing blood from leaking through cardboard boxes and other people’s courier packages. We definitely use as little as possible though, so that means no foam trays, just shrink wrap vacuum packs. These can be washed out with warm soapy water and recycled in the soft plastics recycling collection points once they start operating again later in 2019.
Smaller cuts like steaks are normally packed in pairs depending on the size, and mince etc is packed in portions of about 500g. Larger cuts like roasts and corned beef are usually about 1-1.5kg.