The bag hacks thread got me wondering. The current bags aren’t recyclable, I know that, but why?
A very cursory 5 mins on google brought me to these, with the bag in the middle not looking all that dissimilar to Huel pouches we know and love…
And these from the same supplier are both biodegradable and recyclable, so it doesn’t seem to be a huge challenge to get this kind of bag in a nice format.
Obviously 5mins in google isn’t the same as sourcing one of the most important parts of the Huel proposition I remember the first bags and have experienced many of your competitors, so I’m fully onboard with the current Huel bags being great and far better than other food packaging, I just wish I could bin them and know they weren’t going to sit in landfill for 500 years.
Is there any priority at Huel to utilise biodegradable bags? If not, why not?
FWIW like @Squizzle suggested I’d be happy with a big bag. If I’m already storing the same amount of Huel it’s slightly easier if it’s in one big bag as opposed to several smaller ones. But I appreciate not everyone has a spare cupboard shelf or room on the work surface.
@TimOfficialHuel, I’ve mentioned this before, but biodegradable isn’t the answer, we need a circular economy, we need packaging that is 100% recycled. Biodegradable isn’t the magic bullet!
There’s two kinds of degradable plastics, conventional petroleum-based with oxidising additives (oxo-degradable), and bioplastics (biobased polymers), made from crops or crop waste.
Oxo-degradable plastics never go away. ‘Due to these additives, the plastic fragments over time into plastic particles, and finally microplastics…’
‘The evidence also suggests that oxo-degradable plastic is not suitable for any form of composting or anaerobic digestion.’
‘… oxo-degradable plastic is not suited for long-term use, recycling or composting.’
– EC report on the impact of the use of oxo-degradable plastic [PDF]
‘Decomposing bags sound environmentally friendly but they require a lot of energy to make, won’t degrade in landfills and may leave toxic leftovers.’
– The Guardian
And the problem with bioplastics is that it consumes a huge amount of resources, from the land and pesticides to grow, and onto production. There’s also some disagreement among producers, governments and recyclers whether bioplastics can be recycled or mixed with petroleum-based polymers.
But, in the short term litter is litter, whether it biodegrades, or simply degrades. If it makes its way into the sea and the belly of a whale it really doesn’t matter.
Yep - I tweeted @gethuel about this yesterday but so far no reply. Hoping to hear there has at least been some progress on this since last year…? I really want to subscribe but really put-off by landfill-only packaging…