Bags recyclable

I suppose maybe it depends on one’s local facilities, but, on the whole, are Huel bags recyclable?

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Hi @snotmars

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.

-Sothan

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The upside is that we’re not buying foods wrapped in plastic for every day consumption - it’s just one bag.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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@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.

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I’m not happy with this, non recyclable should not be an option. If the implication would be that it would break if we drop it, so what? It’s recycle we could still buy another one and be more careful next time!
With such attitude eggs would have to be wrapped in pvc boxes… If you need two layers, make it possible to separate them easily since as of now its quite impossible, or just add a paper label with the warning about sunlight and the compromise you had to make.
I get that you only care about money but I won’t be buying another package until there is an option to buy a recyclable one.

Consider that being ecological and low on carbon is an advert on its own as it shows pure intentions.

Big fan of the three Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle).

Anyone have any ideas for creative or practical ways to reuse their Huel bags?

Maybe Huel should run a contest and see how creative we are.

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Here’s a little perspective on the amount of waste you’d create using Huel exclusively for a lifetime. Click on the link to view the photo.

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Hi Dan, we are committed on the importance of our sustainable impact in the world and very much care for it. Yes, we are not at the 100% recyclable step yet but we are progressing towards it. I would encourage to give our sustainable report a read to learn more about the ways we have been helping and our continued commitment on helping even more at Huel's First Sustainable Nutrition Report 🌎.

We agree that it would be ideal for our packaging to be 100% recyclable, there is no doubt about it, and even though we are not there yet, we are working towards it.

Just know that by you consuming Huel you are already saving a good amount of waste & helping us become more sustainable. :earth_africa:

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Sounds like a good idea to me!

I have found a handy usage for my empty Huel bags. I do a lot of mechanical work for charitable purposes and the bags are excellent for the storage and disposal of things that contain harmful chemicals. I cannot guarantee that they would work for everything so use your best judgement if you feel like doing the same thing :slight_smile:

The best example is oil filters from vehicle engines, it is hazardous to throw those away with your normal trash. I put them in empty Huel bags and take them to an appropriate recycling center for proper disposal.

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I like the bags the way they are.