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Fraises dans un sac en papier brun écologique

How Fergus reduces its ecological footprint through its packaging choices

In our quest to bring you the best possible fruits, vegetables and groceries, there is a set of aspects to consider carefully to deliver quality products from the producer to your table such as their selection, transportation and storage throughout the whole chain.

We pay particular attention to the packaging of products: preserving the freshness of our organic fruits and vegetables is very important, as is their appearance, benefits, and of course, good taste!

That said, we consider it imperative as an active member of the community to reduce our ecological footprint and packaging is a key issue.

Here’s our process.

Reusable bins

A first step to reducing packaging was to buy in bulk from our suppliers and avoid prepackaged products as much as possible.

Then the idea of ​​reusable containers took hold and, after a few tests in 2021, we officially implemented our reusable delivery bin program:

Orders delivered in these bins are left at home and are picked up at the next delivery.

Advantages :

Reduction of packaging to a minimum;

Preservation of the food’s freshness;

Minimum handling of your products, from Fergus to your fridge;

Additional protection against bad weather.

Thanks to this program, fruits, vegetables, and groceries arrive on your table at the best of their quality and their flavors while offering a concrete solution to reduce our ecological footprint. It was a great victory for the whole team and our community!

Brown paper bags

The produce delivered in bulk such as beans, onions, grapes, or garlic needs to be protected against impact during transport. We also had to be able to retain their freshness and prevent them from scattering. In order to guarantee optimal quality, they required a minimum of packaging.

After reflection and research, we turned to the solution that involved the lowest footprint and favored a compostable material: a brown paper bag that can be placed in household compost!

The brown paper bags met the following needs:**

Compostable, recycled material;

Protection and fixing of products during transport;

Conservation of product quality.

Compostable bags

However, there was still a packaging issue: how to transport the more humid and delicate products? Certain fragile foods, such as broccoli, lettuce, kale, or fennel, had to stay moist to keep well and if they were wrapped in brown bags, the bag would eventually degrade on contact with the moisture.

In our desire not to use plastic bags, compostable bags then proved to be an interesting way, due to their technical qualities:

Storage: They are waterproof and retain moisture;

Protection: Resistant, they allow the delivery person to take the order out of the bin to drop it off directly at your home;

Ecology: They reduce our ecological footprint since they replace plastic bags and are compostable.

The compostable bags had the qualities required to ensure the protection and preservation of our moist and delicate products during transport.

How can you be sure that the bags will complete their compost life cycle?

By choosing compostable packaging, it seemed important to us to be able to follow their path and ensure that the bags would end their life where they would actually be composted.

The bags that accompany your delivery are certified compostable by the BPI Biodegradable Products Institute and meet the American standard ASTM D6400. This certification guarantees that they decompose completely, leaving no harmful residue and that, unlike other so-called “biodegradable” bags, they can be recycled by a process called anaerobic digestion or biomethanization within a specialized infrastructure. It is then transformed into biogas, itself used as energy.

It was at this stage that Fergus wanted to intervene in the chain by bringing them to the anaerobic digestion center. We, therefore, offer to return the bags to your delivery person on your next delivery and we take care of completing the loop of their life cycle.

Packaging: an evolving field

After comparing the different packaging solutions available on the market and keeping in mind the conservation and protection of fruits and vegetables as well as respect for the environment, reusable bins, brown bags, and compostable bags have emerged and are the most relevant choices with our values ​​and commitments.

As packaging methods are a constantly evolving field, we are committed to being on the lookout for the best solutions while remaining attentive to your needs and questions.

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