Through email, I expressed my appreciation of the 100% recyclable cardboard used for the 6 count cukes at Erie James Farms. There are many other cukes brands such as Carrousel, President’s Choice, and Toppview Farms that do not have any recyclable material. So I asked Erie James Farms if it was a simple decision for Erie James to use the cardboard with minimal plastic packaging, and what would be your advice for other brands to follow suit?
Erie James Farms responded with:
Thank you for the compliment. It was not a hard decision to make to switch to a biodegradable tray for mini cukes. It does cost about 3 times more for the tray itself. But we feel it is worth the investment into the next generation’s future. That package happens to be our pilot into the market; and we welcome consumer feedback. We also have plans to move as much of our single use plastic packaging into some type of biodegradable material. Doing a lot of research right now. I also feel if everyone makes an effort to switch over, then the higher costs associated with changes can be reduced when packaging suppliers start getting higher volume orders for biodegradable options.