Handled with Care

If we had it our way, we'd do away with packaging altogether, but to get our food to you in perfect condition we need to protect it. We have spent a lot of time, over many cups of tea, working out the best way to send out our lovely products to you. We have considered many options, trialing and testing, to find how to keep your food at the perfect temperature, in packaging that's easy for you to use and doesn't harm our beautiful environment.

We are always working hard to reduce our packaging and source sustainable alternatives.

Our packaging is designed to reduce food waste, ensure your products arrive in good condition, is sustainably sourced and environmentally responsible. 

Free Packaging Returns

We’re now offering free packaging returns.

In order to get our meat to you safely and securely does require a fair bit of packaging and we know many of you are not able to recycle as much as you’d like, so we’ve set up a returns program with Collect+.

There are over 7,000 Collect+ locations across the country. Find your nearest drop-off stop here.

All you need to do is collect a minimum of 5 orders worth of packaging (wool pouches and ice packs) in ONE box (please use a suitable sized box, even if it is not one of our own, to return the packaging), before sending back to us. It is uneconomical for both the environment and financially for us unless the box is full and it comes in one package.

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Please be aware 100% of our packaging is reusable or recyclable at home. Find out more about this below. 

While we are on a mission to reduce our use of plastic, however, there are limited sustainable options available and we won’t change our plastic usage until we are able to guarantee a more positive solution to recycled plastic. In the meantime, we’re happy to take back as much of your packaging as possible.

We will accept; outer plastic bags and card labels, wool pouches and ice packs. Please ensure the packaging is as clean as possible when returning so we have the best chance of reusing or recycling the packaging.

How will a Pipers Farm Box arrive?

When you receive your Pipers Farm order, it will arrive in one of our recycled cardboard boxes.

Once you open your meat box you will find a wool pouch. The wool pouch is clever stuff, it keeps our meat cool during transportation. Made from 100% natural, sustainably sourced wool. 

In your box, you'll also find your invoice and the Pipers Farm Journal - our seasonal newspaper full of news from the farm and recipe ideas. 

You'll usually find an ice pack in your meat box too. 

How will our meat items be packaged?

We blast freeze every piece of Pipers Farm meat at the optimum moment. 

We individually wrap each portion so you can take what you need, when you need it and leave the rest for another day.

Each individual portion package is stored in an outer wrap where you'll find details of the product, the best before date and any ingredients. 

How will our non-meat items be packaged?

We use an eco-friendly recyclable alternative to bubble wrap. Made using a honeycomb system of kraft paper and tissue paper that is ideal for wrapping all of our homewares, condiments, wine and anything that isn't meaty, ensuring it arrives with you intact and safely cushioned on its journey. 

Information on our packaging

Cardboard Box

Our cardboard boxes are biodegradable, and 100% recyclable. Our boxes are made from a material that is:

  • FSC certified
  • Sustainably sourced 
  • Made from recycled materials
  • 100% biodegradable

Once you have finished using your box it can be recycled or composted.

Brown Paper Tape

Our paper tape is biodegradable and 100% recyclable, it doesn’t need to be removed from boxes before recycling.

Wool Pouch

Our pouches are made from all natural, 100% sheep's wool, housed inside a recyclable polyethylene.

The responsibly sourced wool is 100% biodegradable. This means that once you have used and loved the wool pouch it can be placed in the compost where it will naturally break down and release a whole host of lovely nutrients such as nitrogen which can fertilise your plants.

Even if our wool ends up on a landfill, it will still naturally biodegrade within 6-12 months.

All our wool pouches are:

  • Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Made from a natural byproduct

Our wool pouches can be recycled or composted.

Card and Paper Material

All the card and paper material found inside your box is 100% biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

We source material that is:

  • FSC certified
  • Sustainably sourced 
  • Made from recycled materials
  • 100% biodegradable

Sticky Labels on Jars

From 1st March all our range of sticky labels on our own range of sauces and condiments will be made using biodegradable labels. 

The labels are 100% biodegradable and compostable and are made from wood free printing paper composed of 95% sugar cane pulp and 5% recycled hemp and linen fibers. The adhesive is also 100% biodegradable and compostable.

  • 100% biodegradable and compostable
  • Sustainably sourced
  • Made from a natural byproduct

Vacuum Pac Bags

We always ensure that we use the lowest grade plastic possible in order to reduce our plastic usage.

All our plastic wrappers are 100% recyclable and can be recycled using your weekly curbside recycling. 

How to Reuse, Relove and Recycle Pipers Farm packaging

We always recommend you reuse as much packaging as you can.

Our cardboard boxes, ice packs and wool pouches are all perfect for reusing. 

Our plastic vac bags can be put into your weekly plastic recycling.

Our wool can be composted or recycled. Remove the wool from its plastic wrap (put the wrap in the recycling) the wool can then be re-used or composted. We love all the creative way our customers like to reuse our wool. Here are our favourites:

  • Protecting plants in colder months
  • Felting farm animals for small family members
  • Creating lovely soft pet bedding
  • Nesting material for birds
  • A woolly sheep costume for a nativity play
  • Stuffing for cushions
  • Insulating your home
  • A natural way of reducing slugs on your veg patch

A statement on our packaging

A little update on our environmental responsibility, from our founders:

Almost 30 years ago we founded Pipers Farm with one mission, to produce food we as a family could eat with complete confidence. As part of our mission, we knew we had to produce food in harmony with nature. We wanted to create a company that has a totally open door policy to every part of our process and a company that is ethically and environmentally responsible.

To get our goods to you we require both packaging and transport - which we know creates waste. 

Zero to landfill

Pipers Farm we are a zero to landfill business. Every week we separate our waste into items that can be recycled and items that are food waste that will head off to the biodigester to create power for the region.

Food waste, if disposed of responsibly, is actually a fabulous source of fuel. It creates energy as it rots to create power, and once the process is complete, creates compost to go back onto the land. 

Plastic - what we can't do just yet

We need to ensure that our materials are 'food safe' this is a directive set out by the FSA who ensure all producers only use packaging materials that are perceived to be not harmful to our health.

When it comes to packaging, there are very few options available on the market to package meat that are certified 'food safe', can cope with being transported, can cope with temperatures up to -18, and are practical for you to use at home.

Over the last couple of years, we have tested lots of plastic alternatives, many ‘compostable’ or 'biodegradable' solutions on the market are no better for the environment than the plastic we use. They in most cases use twice as much diesel and water to be produced, and often in the degrading process leave a trace of microplastics behind as they breakdown. Many materials we have trialed have only been able to be composted in specialist centers where the breakdown process is carefully controlled, meaning most of the material will end up in landfill unable to breakdown. 

For the time being our individual portions will remain in their plastic sleeves, however, we are continually trialing different materials and are hoping that some very clever scientists come up with a solution to this growing problem soon. 

For any plastic we use we ensure that we use the lowest grade plastic possible in order to reduce our usage. All the plastic we use can be recycled using your weekly curbside collection. 

Right now, the most important change we can make is to recycle at home, and to put pressure on local councils and recycling centres to improve their services. 

We will continue to strive to reduce and improve all areas of packaging and waste because just like you we believe in reducing our environmental impact to ensure we create an incredible landscape for future generations to enjoy.