How to recycle packaging and tackle food waste

June 05, 2019

How to recycle packaging and tackle food waste

At Bakedin, we’re working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. We’re by no means perfect, but we’re trying! Read on to find out all about the materials we use, what we're doing to reduce food waste and some all-important information on how to recycle the packaging from your favourite Bakedin products.

Tackling Food Waste

Did you know that food waste is the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions? Or that we throw away over a third of all the food we produce every year - worth over $1 trillion each year? These are shocking statistics that we all must do more to improve. 

Combating food waste is one of the main reasons we started the business. Have you ever bought ingredients for a bake you had no intention of baking again, but needed to buy way more than you need? We’ve been there!

That’s why we only provide you with the exact amount of ingredients you’ll need to make your bake, so you won’t need to throw any ingredients away during or after the bake.

Before your Baking Club box is dispatched, we send you details of the ingredients you’ll need to buy for the bake including exact weights and measurements. This helps you to only buy the exact amount you’ll need, therefore minimising any excess. So when we ask for fresh ingredients to be added, these are nearly always kitchen essentials (butter and eggs, for example) that you’re likely to have in your cupboards at home. Any additional ingredients, such as fresh fruit, are also easy to find and we try to use the whole fruit in the bake (think lemon juice and zest!)

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From April 2019, we have also included storage instructions on our Baking Club boxes to make sure you can keep your bakes fresher for longer. They’re therefore less likely to be wasted.

When we buy the dry ingredients to make our Baking Club boxes, we have a cut-off date of the 1st of the month. This helps us to accurately measure the exact amount of ingredients we’ll need to make for that month and minimise waste. Any excess ingredients, such as flour and sugar, can be used in future boxes.

Tackling Packaging Waste

When we package our products, we have a tough balance to strike between food safety and our commitment to the environment.

To give you the ‘baking from scratch’ experience at home, the dry ingredients need to be packaged separately in food-safe packaging, which isn’t always easy to recycle. That said, the vast majority of our packaging is recyclable (including the single-use plastic sachets), but our local councils aren’t doing a very good job of recycling them yet. Mixed plastic recycling is expected to be more widely available in the next few years, we just need to keep the pressure on our local councils to make sure this happens.

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The table below shows the materials we use as well as all the details you need to recycle them, where possible.

Item

Purpose

Material

Recyclable

Aluminium Tray

Disposable baking trays included in Iced Cinnamon Bun, Rainbow Cake, Chocolate Layer Cake and

Strawberry & Prosecco Cake Kits

Aluminium

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Box (Green Baking Club Box)

Outer packaging for Baking Club boxes

Cardboard

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Box (Brown Baking & Cake Kit Boxes)

Outer packaging for the Choc Mallow Melt, Double Chocolate Brownie and Iced Cinnamon Bun Baking Kits as well as the Sticky Toffee, Rainbow, Chocolate Layer, Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kits and Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Cardboard

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Box (Brown Dispatch Boxes)

Double-walled boxes used for orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

Cardboard

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Box (Mug Baking 3 packs)

Outer packaging for all flavours of Mug Baking 3 packs

Cardboard

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Box (Mug Gift Sets)

Outer packaging for all flavours of Mug Gift Sets

Laminated card

Not currently recyclable through kerbside programmes due to the lamination

Box (Pink Mug Baking Sample Boxes)

Mug Baking Sample Box

Cardboard

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Butter Measure

Handy extra included in Baking Club boxes as well as Choc Mallow Melt, Double Chocolate Brownie and Iced Cinnamon Bun Baking Kits, Sticky Toffee, Rainbow, Chocolate Layer and Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kits and the Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Responsibly sourced paper with plant-based inks

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Cake Board

Handy extra included in Rainbow, Chocolate Layer and Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kits

Card

Recyclable where facilities exist

Cake Card Packaging

Outer packaging on all flavours of cake kit

Card

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Cupcake Cases

Handy extra included in Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Responsibly sourced paper

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes before use. Once the cupcake cases have been used in baking, they will no longer be recyclable due to fatty residue

Filler Cushions

Protective packaging material used for orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Grade 2, filled with air

Pop filler cushion & fully recyclable through kerbside programs

Glass Bottles

Miniature alcohol bottles included in Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kit and Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Glass

Recyclable where facilities exist

Invoice Paper

Printed information included in orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

Responsibly sourced paper

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Nozzle

Handy extra included in Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Metal

No need to recycle - it’s yours to keep forever!

Packing Peanuts

Protective packaging material used for orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

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Re-use for future packing needs!

Padded Envelopes

Protective packaging used in small orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

Mixed materials, including responsibly sourced paper

Not currently recyclable due to being made of mixed materials. They’re very easy to re-use though!

Plastic Ingredient Sachet

Packaging dry ingredients in all Bakedin products

Heat-sealed Polypropylene (PP) Grade 5

Recyclable where facilities exist

Plastic Pot

Mug baking single pots

Polypropylene (PP) Grade 5

Recyclable where facilities exist, but we love reusing our plastic pots all around the kitchen!

Piping Bag

Baking Club boxes, Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Grade 4

Recyclable where facilities exist

Promotional Leaflets

Orders dispatched from bakedin.co.uk

Responsibly sourced paper with plant-based inks

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Recipe Cards

Baking Club boxes, All baking kits and cake kits

Responsibly sourced paper with plant-based inks

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Siliconised Baking Paper

Baking Club boxes

Silicone coated paper

Not currently recyclable due to being made from mixed materials

Sleeve (Cake & Baking kits)

Decorative packaging for Choc Mallow Melt, Double Chocolate Brownie and Iced Cinnamon Bun Baking Kits, Sticky Toffee, Rainbow, Chocolate Layer and Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kits as well as Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Responsibly sourced paper with plant-based inks

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

Testing Skewer

Handy extra included in Baking Club boxes, Double Chocolate Brownie Baking Kit,

Sticky Toffee, Rainbow, Chocolate Layer and Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kits and Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Bamboo

Biodegradable

Tissue Paper

Internal packaging in Prosecco & Strawberry Cake Kit and Gin & Tonic Cupcake Kit

Acid-free tissue paper

Fully recyclable through kerbside programmes

We’ll continue to update this page as we update our packaging or have any information on more sustainable alternatives.

Thanks for reading!




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