4 Eco friendly ways to pack your lunch!

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!

 

PlanetBox-3LunchBoxes-Shop-Home

via: planetbox.com

 

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!

via: lunchskins.com

via: lunchskins.com

http://www.mygreenlunchbox.com.au/

http://www.lunchskins.com/

http://www.laptoplunches.com/

http://ecolunchboxes.com/

 

 

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 🙂

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Local!

image via @ShopLocal #ShopLocal

image via @ShopLocal #ShopLocal

Food co-operatives are all about supporting your local community. One of the ways they do this is by supporting local farmers and consciously buying their produce locally.

There are many benefits of locally sourced, chemical and gmo free fruits and vegetables but here’s the top five!

Photo: University of Michigan/Flickr

Photo: University of Michigan/Flickr

Taste

They taste fresher. They taste better.

There’s no denying it! There is an incredible difference between a piece of fruit that has been farmed, driven to a packaging manufacturer, packaged, driven to a distributer, packaged, driven to a consumer supermarket and driven back to your home compared to a piece of fruit sent straight from the farm 10km to the local co-op. Trust your taste buds on this one!

Economy

Not only are the organic products cheaper than you will find in a conventional grocery store, you are also keeping money and business within your local community. As a member of a food co-op, you will get to know every employee at the store and instead of handing your money over to a conglomerate giant, you are feeding it straight back into your community co-op. This has all sorts of positive repercussions like economic growth within your community, providing employment opportunities for community members and encouraging prosperous relationships with other local business. 

Environment

When you shop at a food co-operative you are becoming an ethically and environmentally responsible citizen. As the products are not shipped and transported from all around the world (think about the oranges from Woolies that are imported from California and the asparagus that is flown in from Chile), there is no carbon foot print. You will reduce the mammoth C02 emissions that are constantly released into the atmosphere from various transportation methods. Usually the farms are no further than 20km from the store, which is a obvious difference from the thousand km flight  from South America. The environment also benefits from reduction of packaging and waste that is regularly seen in commercial grocery stores. There is no need for plastic packages and bags for your fresh fruits and vegetables, in fact this often spoils the fruit! Instead of plastic bags and wrappers, food co-ops use recycled cardboard boxes and recycled canvas totes to carry groceries to and from the store. When you shop at a food co-op you can pat yourself on that back, you’re making an ecological difference.

Community

Co-ops operate entirely on the principle of community. The community aspect is so prevalent when you step into a food co-operative. The workers and shoppers are your friends, neighbours, peers and family! They genuinely have your best interest at heart and will make choices that will benefit the local community as they are part of it too!

Health

Perhaps the most overlooked reason as to why you should shop local, an organic diet free from pesticides and other nasties is the healthiest diet for you. Numerous studies and tests have shown that fruits and vegetables that have not come into contact with chemicals and synthetics are by far the healthier choice! They give your body and your brain the nutrients and nourishment it needs. We all know our bodies are our most valuable possessions on this earth so fuel it with organic produce!

Well not only is going local tastier, great for the community and even better for the environment… It also makes you healthier and happier little vegemites!

Jump on board and go local! Make the most of your community co-op!

Food Co-ops?

Welcome to the ‘Say No to Pesticides & Packets’ movement! We are all about educating and discussing alternative methods of food consumption to promote a sustainable way of living.

Food Cooperatives are one example of an ethical, environmentally responsible and sustainable food consumption practice.

So what are ‘Food Co-ops’ and how do they function?

Simply put, food co-ops are a community based grocery store, ran and owned by it’s members. This means there is no middle man and they do not set out to gain any profits. Their main goal is to provide their members with affordable natural foods whilst supporting their local community and agricultural industry. As they are working at a much smaller scale, their produce is usually organic and locally sourced. There is also much less waste involved in the production and consumption process. Environmental pollution from the transportation of goods is relatively low and there is no wasteful unnecessary packaging that we often see in conventional grocery stores.
Food co-ops promote economic justice, sustainable living, environmental consciousness and community action. What’s not to love?!

 

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