DID YOU KNOW?
– In Australia 376,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is used every year
– The production of plastic requires oil, gas and coal which emits greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change
– Excess greenhouse gases also contaminate our ocean and are responsible for killing millions of marine animals every year
– There are roughly 30,000 pieces of plastic floating in each square kilometre of our oceans
– Plastic bags are the number 1 serial killer, wiping out around 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and millions of fish, every year
– ‘Biodegradable’ plastic bags actually cause greater widespread pollution than regular plastic bags
(Facts from http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/ & http://www.sita.com.au/)
So with those alarming facts in mind, here at Say No to Pesticides & Packets we encourage the elimination of plastics and other artificial materials used to package products and tote them from A to B.
The biggest problem with not using plastic bags and other plastic wrapping materials is how do we store our delicious fruits and vegetables when we hit the road? How do we transport our gourmet organic lunches without contributing to landfill, chemical poisoning and the death of millions of animals?
Here are a few ideas!
1. Nude food!
Mother nature is a pretty clever gal, she created the most nutritious and delicious snacks with their own natural packaging! Think bananas, apples, mandarins and oranges, they all come pre packaged! Chuck them in your bag and you are good to go!
2. Use recycled or plant-based products
There are a bunch of recycled, biodegradable packaging options to store and pack your goodies in, you just have to seek them out and be conscious about which recycled products you are using! A great option is sugarcane packaging, made from 100% plant based renewable resources. Takeaway style boxes are available and they actually help to keep your food fresher for long as the sugarcane fibre material is breathable and non-toxic! Another great alternative to plastic wrap is recycled aluminium foil! Use this to individually wrap things like sandwiches or chopped up vegetables.
3. Japanese Bento Box
The Japanese are often on the forefront of cutting edge design and technological innovations and this is still definitely the case when considering eco friendly and sustainable design options. Bento boxes have been used for thousands of years as a sustainable and environmentally responsible way to package and transport meals. A typical bento box is a simple sturdy container with different compartments to separate the food. These containers can be made from recycled materials including steel (we love these ones! http://planetbox.com/). The box is used over and over again and the individuals items packed do not need to be plastic wrapped as they have neat little segments to fit in to!
4. Reusable lunch bags
As we are all becoming increasingly aware of the environmental damage that plastic packaging causes, we have seen the rise in business of reusable and recyclable lunch bags. There are plenty of fabulous sites that sell environmentally friendly plastic bag alternatives to cart your munchies around! We’ve listed our favourite reusable lunch totes below!
Have you tried any of these eco friendly alternatives? How do you package your lunch? Do you have any environmentally friendly ideas?
We’d love to know! Leave us a comment 🙂