OK so we’re going to get straight to the point.
Yes we use plastic pouches and no we’re not happy about this and yes we’re looking to change as soon as there is a viable alternative
So why isn’t there a viable alternative now?
- To use glass, we would have to add an acidifier to Slurps. Most dogs don’t like acid taste so wouldn’t drink Slurps which goes against our plan to have a product that dogs want to drink (and enjoy).
- Tetrapak requires a 100,000 minimum order (per flavour) and don’t have a manufacturing site in the UK.
- Unless we want to buy a canning line (anyone got £500,000?) no-one wants to can Slurps because it would be on the same line as beer and other nice things which don’t want fish oil going through the same pipes.
Our plastic pouches have to withstand very high temperatures (120C) so corn starch options can’t cope. We have been told that even though we’re not comfortable with plastic pouches, these actually have a lower carbon footprint than glass because of the weight and bulk of glass packaging (and the fact that not many people actually recycle their glass. Sad but true)
So we’re on the case. And if anyone has a solution, please let us know!
In other news:
We get 90% of the bubble wrap we use to pack our online orders from Freecycle – check them out if you’ve not heard of them. That’s why sometimes you get small bubbles and somethimes you get big bubbles but almost every bubble has had more than a single use!
We reuse our Slurps boxes where we can for events and sometimes for online orders too.
We don’t tell you that we give 10% of our profits to charity because we’re a start-up business and we don’t have any profits to give to charity so we think it’s a bit silly to say that.
As soon as we do make a profit, we will give 10% of our profits to charity and we can’t wait to tell you all about that when it happens as we have lots of plans!