We pack our 20kg and 10kg bags of flour in paper. Also, 23 of our flour and grain products come in our very popular 5kg calico bags. However, not all retailers stock these – you may be able to request that they order them. For the smaller retail packets we chose the laminated packaging film over the traditional paper that many flours are packed in for 3 reasons: to prevent pest infestation, to maintain freshness, and to keep retail cost of the product as low as possible.
When it comes to the production of retail packets we found that paper rewind film rolls do not run through our machinery. In each product run we fill about 3000 bags so if we were to use paper, we would need to fill each individual bag, which impacts enormously on the end price of the final product.
When it comes to preventing infestation by flour-loving insects, conventional (i.e.non-organic) flours are treated with various toxic pesticides to control insects in the grain and after milling. Thus, these flours can be safely stored and presented in paper bags on supermarket shelves, where they last for some time. Since our product is organic and we don’t use any pesticides, airtight packaging is the best way to prevent infestation.
When it comes to freshness of the product, flour tastes and performs better the fresher it is and it’s not possible to maintain it’s freshness in paper alone. Freshness requires an airtight sealed package, or continual cold storage. In the case of retail products it’s difficult to control how shops store the product, and for how long they store it.
The internal layer in contact with the food meets US FDA and EU regulations on food grade packaging. It does not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Phtlates.
You can recycle it at the REDcycle bins you will find at large supermarkets like Coles & Woolies. These plastics are used to produce a variety of things like furniture and even municipal roads.
Learn more here: REDcycle
The film is not biodegradable. The only films that are biodegradable and have little environmental impact are not suited to our products due to possibility of contamination in the seal areas. While some other films claim to be biodegradable, there is no clear scientific evidence that the material really does biodegrade. The internal layer in contact with the food meets US FDA and EU regulations on food grade packaging. It does not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Phtlates.