A free and simple way to recycle Babybel packaging
We understand the responsibility we have to reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment, and we’re on it!
Well in line with Bel’s commitments, Babybel® aleady ensures a Zero Deforestation certified sourcing on paper and cardboard packaging and plans to reach 100% of recyclable-ready and/or biodegradable packaging by 2025.In Babybel®’s packaging, we keep the weight and amount of packaging to an absolute minimum and every piece of packaging has a very clear role.But at Babybel® we keep on challenging ourselves and we have been initiating many projects with our research and innovation teams for years to keep on reducing the amount of packaging and offering more and more sustainable solutions.
Our challenge: explore these new solutions while maintaining the high quality and safety of our little cheese. All this with the same unique Babybel ® experience!
That’s why we’re working with TerraCycle®
What is TerraCycle®?
As Babybel packaging are not yet widely recyclable, they can’t be placed in your recycling bin at home so need to be recycled in a special way, which is where our recycling partner TerraCycle® come in.
TerraCycle® give you the opportunity of recycling Babybel packaging while supporting local charities and schools with donations at the same time.
All you have to do is find out where your local public drop-off location is below and drop off your Babybel packaging TerraCycle® will then recycle all Babybel packaging elements, turning the recycled material into new products such as candles or picnic tables.
Find your nearest location below !
All Babybel packaging elements now part of Terracycle® scheme !
The red wax is part of its DNA and brings a unique consumption experience. It prevents desiccation or molds and helps preserving the cheese in proper hygienic conditions until consumption.
Our cellophane wrapping completes the cheese protection. It prevents the wax from shock damages and sticking.
Our net is made from polyethylene ; which is a recyclable material, but due to its very light weight and shape, it actually depends on the recycling facilities and its capacity to select small pieces of plastics to recycle them.
What is Mini Babybel made of?
Mini Babybel is natural cheese, made from pasteurized milk. It’s made the traditional way, except that we use vegetarian rennet (not animal rennet) so it’s vegetarian cheese. During cheese-making, we use lactic ferments to give the cheese it’s taste and flavour, and a little salt, to enhance the flavour and keep it safe. There are no other ingredients – just great milk, vegetarian rennet, lactic ferments and a little salt.
Is Mini Babybel processed?
No. It’s made by a traditional cheese-making process, using just 4 ingredients for Babybel Original and Light: Milk, lactic ferments, vegetarian rennet and salt.
Where can I purchase Mini Babybel?
Mini Babybel is widely available to purchase at all major supermarkets in the UK such as Tesco, Sainsbury”s and Asda. If you can”t find your favourite Mini Babybel product in store, do ask at the customer service desk to see if they could stock it.
Is Mini Babybel gluten-free?
Mini Babybel s a natural cheese and we don’t add gluten during cheese-making. We don’t routinely test for the presence of gluten, and therefore by law we can’t claim that it is totally gluten-free. We can say for certain that we don’t add any.
Is Mini Babybel lactose-free?
Yes, Mini Babybel is lactose-free cheese. Sometimes people are surprised to learn that Mini Babybel is naturally lactose-free. That’s because, any naturally-occurring lactose (of which there isn’t much) is poured away with the whey, and any remaining lactose is transformed during the maturing process by the lactic ferments. Independent tests show that the lactose remaining is less than <0.01g/100g. i.e. it’s virtually lactose-free.
Why does Mini Babybel contain salt?
Salt is an important part of the traditional cheese-making process. It plays a key role in helping the good ferments to flourish and knocking out the bad ones. It helps the flavour develop and as a natural preservative, keeps the cheese safe to eat.
Is Babybel Packaging Recyclable?
As Babybel packaging is not yet widely recyclable, it can’t be placed in your recycling bin at home, so it needs to be recycled in a special way. This is why we have recently launched a TerraCycle scheme in the UK to offer customers a simple and free solution to recycle our packaging while supporting local charities and schools with donations at the same time. TerraCycle can recycle all Babybel packaging elements and is a positive step towards our commitment to becoming 100% recyclable or compostable by 2025. You can find more information here.
Where is Mini Babybel Organic manufactured?
Mini Babybel Organic is manufactured in our cheese factory of Sable-sur-Sarthe using organic milk with a guaranteed 100% French origin.
Does Mini Babybel Organic contain only organic ingredients?
Mini Babybel is made of only 4 ingredients. No added additive, no preservative. In Mini Babybel Organic, the milk is organic of course. Salt is an inorganic compound and is not considered as an agricultural ingredient, therefore it can pretend to an organic label. We purchase our salt from our suppliers with the same requirements we have for Mini Babybel Original. Lactic ferments and coagulant, essential to the cheese process can’t be certified as organic neither, nevertheless, as for Mini Babybel Original, they are guaranteed GMO-free in Mini Babybel Organic.
Do cows producing the milk of Mini Babybel Organic go to pastures?
At Mini Babybel, we are committed for pasture grazing and we keep working to develop it in France.\r\nWhen it comes to Mini Babybel Original, more than 70% of our partner farmers already practice pasture grazing for their cows. By 2018, 100% of the cows producing Mini Babybel Original in France will graze in pastures at least 180 days a year.\r\nTo produce the milk of our Mini Babybel Organic, 100% of cows are free to graze in pastures when climatic conditions are good enough, in accordance with organic label specifications. In these official specifications, there is no defined criteria on the number of days of pasture grazing needed per year.\r\nWhen cows are not in pastures, they are living inside the barn in stalls adapted to their needs, and we keep working with our partner farmers to improve the best we can the comfort and well-being of their cows.
How can we know that Mini Babybel Organic is actually compliant with organic label specifications?
Mini Babybel Organic goes through strict controls at every manufacturing step, and rigorously complies to official criteria needed to obtain the Organic label. Certification is ensured by Ecocert, a control agency licensed by public authorities
Are controls stricter for Mini Babybel Organic than for Mini Babybel Original?
Milk quality and food safety are essential. During Mini Babybel Original manufacturing, we control the absence of antibiotics residues twice: Once at the farm and once at the cheese factory. We also control milk acidity, fat content… For Mini Babybel Organic, Biolait performs the same strict quality controls at the farm and we are manufacturing our cheeses with the very same rigour as for Mini Babybel Original, running the same quality controls at the factory. Our production line producing Mini Babybel Organic is controlled by the Ecocert agency.
Is traceability guaranteed for Mini Babybel Organic?
Traceability is one of our strong points at Mini Babybel: In just 4 hours we can go back from the cheese to the farm that produced the milk for Mini Babybel Original. When it comes to Mini Babybel Organic, the organic milk supplied by Biolait is also perfectly tracked. This traceability is of course effective through all Mini Babybel Organic manufacturing steps and distribution. We can go back from Mini Babybel Organic to the organic milk farmer in only a few hours if a problem is identified.
Is cheese nutritious?
Cheese can play a nutritious role in a healthy diet and balanced lifestyle. Mini Babybel cheese is naturally rich in protein and calcium. Protein is needed for healthy bones and muscle mass. Calcium is important for keeping teeth and bones healthy.
Is cheese bad for you?
No. In fact, Public Health England recommend that we eat at least 3 portions of low-fat dairy products every day, as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Mini Babybel does not only offer you convenience, but also, as they’re in portions, they are offering portion-control, a proven help in eating the right amount. And if you’re looking for a lower-fat alternative, Mini Babybel Light contains 2.4g of fat per portion, that’s less than 50% the fat of Cheddar.