Our Packaging and Our Commitment to the Environment

Posted on September 23, 2012 by William Brockenbrough

Using water-power to grind Woodson’s Mill grains takes advantage of the lessons learned by generations of Virginia millers, but the process is also inherently environmentally sustainable. We strive to extend this commitment to the environment to all aspects of the products we sell, including packaging.

According to the EPA, about 31% of Municipal Solid Waste generated in the US in 2008 was containers and packaging, or 76,760 thousand tons. Only 43.7% of that was recycled. Excessive food packaging has been greatly reduced in the UK due to consumer demand, but here in the US, large food companies continue to make use of multiple layers of packaging and materials that are not recyclable or compostable.

In order to do our part to reduce excess food packaging, we use a kraft-paper bag that is made of 40-100% recycled content. In addition, the liner of the bag is made of a plant-based material called PLA (polylactic acid). PLA is a corn-based film product and along with the kraft paper is 100% compostable. This allows us to use only one bag as opposed to a plastic liner and cloth or paper outer bag. It allows you the opportunity of composting or recycling the bags when you finish your grits. To-date, this it the best alternative we have found for packaging our products.

At Woodson’s Mill, we are committed to doing our part to help protect the environment all while providing the freshest, locally-grown, stone-ground products possible. If you know other ways we can meet these goals, let us know. In the meantime, be on the lookout for excessive, non-recyclable packaging at your grocery store!

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