A butcher in Glenrothes has proved it is a cut above the rest when it comes to its green credentials and its drive to become more environmentally friendly.
Amanda and Barry Youell, owners of Fife Butchers of Glenrothes based in the town’s Kingdom Shopping Centre, have made the transition away from plastic packaging traditionally used for its meet products to those which are fully recyclable.
The firm uses around 260,000 items of packaging per year with that number only set to increase as the business continues to expand.
Now they couple hope their ecological move will inspire other retailers and businesses to follow their lead.
Amanda said: “Even though in reality it currently costs us more to use recyclable trays, the decision was and ethical one, we need to do our bit for the environment and act responsibly.
“We scoured the market and found meat trays that contain a at least 50% recycled material and which can be fully recycled.
“We also now have biodegradable plastic bags, cups, and other items used for out ready to eat ranges and are urging our suppliers to consider the types of packaging they use.
“Due to environmental reasons we cannot encourage customers to bring their own containers to put their meat and it’s hard to be completely plastic free in this industry no matter how much we try to limit it due to food standards legislation.
“But we are doing our bit and the response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive.”
With Fife Council recently taking the decision to cut the amount of single-use plastic throughout its organisation, the firm’s efforts have been warmly welcomed by Glenrothes SNP Councillor Fiona Grant, convener of the town’s area committee.
“When I realised that the black plastic trays used by Fife Butchers were not recyclable I went along to chat to them about the possibility of change.
“Their grand children had got in before me and Barry and Amanda had already found alternative recyclable products for the cartons and a supplier of wooden forks instead of plastic cutlery.
“I hope their business ethos will attract new customers.
“I congratulate them on their willingness to change and would offer to help other local retailers who are considering how to also go green.”