I suppose maybe it depends on one’s local facilities, but, on the whole, are Huel bags recyclable?
The pouches are currently not recyclable. They are made of a composite of plastic outer layer for strength and waterproofing, and an inner layer of foil to block light which could degrade the micronutrients.
We could make the pouches recyclable tomorrow, from biodegradable material. However, the compromise is that they will be weaker, will start to breakdown in the presence of moisture and will not block all the light. These means that the shelf life of Huel will need to be reduced, and there will be significant increase in product being spoiled due to water damage and general wear and tear. Therefore, we think overall using the current stronger, light blocking non-recyclable pouches actually creates less waste overall.
The upside is that we’re not buying foods wrapped in plastic for every day consumption - it’s just one bag.
Yeah, tbh I’d be happy to purchase a 10 kg bag in the spirit of reducing waste - however, the size of that bag would probably be almost the same amount of material as 5 of the existing bags.
The problem is that once the bag is opened the shelf life for it is reduced to ~6 months vs the ~1 year life for unopened which is probably why they give so many bags for large orders.
That’s true, but I’d still use that much in under 6 months. The 1.75 kg bags are more manageable too.
I don’t even use the bags. I think they may cause powder clouds, and you always have to go through the trouble of sealing it tight without air.
I went to Target and found an air tight container for sugar/flour. Surprisingly it is the exact size needed for 1 bag of Huel. I also store it under my cabinets where there is no sunlight.
@Sothan_Huel Where are we with this?
I have recommended Huel to friends and family and one argument is for sustainability. I would say everyone I know will switch if they can find a similar provider selling their product a non plastic bag…
It is a big hole in the business and not sustainable long term. What is Huel doing to address this?
Agree, lets change behaviour.
Similar thread from the UK forum. I agree with you that I think there is room or improvement. I think Huel is currently “happy” with their bags, because they create minimal waste and they are sturdy. This is, they know that the bags won’t give any issues and that will be able to contain the product in the best conditions.
While “they are working on better bags”, I pretty much doubt this is their top priority. Most likely, every X time they revisit the issue.
That said the bags have evolved (in a different way) and improved over the years.