An organic farming estate is continuing to make a difference in its fight against single-use plastic, with the introduction of sustainable packaging for its organic meat.
The Rhug Estate, in Corwen, has introduced new cardboard meat trays which can be disposed of in a standard recycling bin, for the majority of its organic meat products.
As well as being made of recyclable card, the new meat cardboard trays improve the shelf life of Rhug’s organic meat and gives the consumer an extra two days on the use-by date – that means a Rhug organic steak will stay fresh for 12 days.
Lord Newborough, owner of Rhug Estate, said: “I have always maintained a policy to protect and enhance the environment for the next generation.
“Continuing with my sustainable way of thinking we are constantly looking at how each aspect of the business can reduce its carbon footprint.
“We have already moved to bio-degradable and more sustainable packaging in other parts of the business, including our coffee cups, coffee trays, burger and lunch boxes.
“We are continuously looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint by using more sustainable packaging materials in our farm shop and sourcing products from companies who also have similar sustainability beliefs to mine.”
Rhug’s organic farm leads the way with all the animals reared on the farm fed on feed grown on the farm and they can range freely onto clover-rich pastures that are free of sprays and artificial fertiliser.
The highest standard of animal welfare are practised with no routine injections or dosing.
The estate produces its own power through solar, hydro and wind systems to ensure a minimal carbon footprint and a truly sustainable approach to agriculture.
Rhug’s Wild Beauty skin care products are bottled and packaged in recyclable materials. The majority of products are produced in glass jars or bottles.
Where they have used plastic bottles for select body products, these are made entirely (100%) from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic, an environmentally friendly alternative that recycles plastic waste that would otherwise find its way into landfill.
All mail order delivery boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard and printed with 100% vegetable inks.
Rhug Estate has also recently invested in measuring and monitoring its carbon footprint so that improvements can be made to make the entire farm business reach the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Lord Newborough added: “Work will never stop on making Rhug Estate as efficient as it possibly can be.
“Climate change is our biggest threat and we owe it to the next generation to do everything we can to mitigate its effects.
“At Rhug we really care about sustainability in everything we do, organic farming, organic skin care, green energy, caring for the environment and the packaging we use.”