My first love affair…

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The snow was falling at a sharp angle as I darted between buildings, trying to find the elusive Le Frigo Vert I had been hearing incredible stories about. Wedged in between two lifeless  buildings lived a bright green oasis. I had finally discovered the quaint and quirky food cooperative, Le Frigo Vert. As I entered the emporium of wholesale grains and organic vegetables, my heart fluttered and I knew this would be the beginning of a joyous and effervescent communion.

 

Le Frigo Vert was my first experience with a food cooperative and is the origin of my passion for the Say No to Pesticides and Packets movement. During my university exchange in Montreal Canada I was a frequent visitor to Concordia University’s co-op Le Frigo Vert (The Green Fridge). Ran completely by student volunteers, Le Frigo Vert was the place to find discounted quinoa, exceptionally delicious coconut cookies and farm fresh organic greens, as well as a public meeting space to discuss student issues and politics. Being a lover of all things food and cooking, it soon became my haven in a foreign country, it became my ‘happy place.’ The staff were absolutely delightful and would immediately ask if you needed any help in navigating the store and finding what you were after, as well as sharing some of their delicious vegan recipes and cooking tips.

 

The strong sense of community could be felt as soon as you entered the store, and although I did not belong within this community, it made me feel as though I did. This is perhaps the most over looked and under appreciated quality of food co-operatives. You become part of a collective group of people and gain a sense of togetherness and belonging. Now don’t let me get too emotional here, but that was an extremely comforting feeling after relocating to an unfamiliar country and culture. It also helped that I just really love food! And Le Frigo Vert has some of the best produce I have ever tasted, all ethically and sustainably sourced.

So I encourage and urge you to get involved with your local food co-op, become an integral part of your community and make an environmental and political impact through your consumption habits. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

To find your closest co-op in NSW click here.

To find out more about Le Frigo Vert check out their website here.

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!

 

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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 🙂

 

Can organic bananas cure cancer?! Raw till 4?

bananagirl2Founder of the “Raw till 4” diet, Freelee the ‘banana girl’ boasts how a raw vegan diet offers an abundance of health benefits and suggests that a high-carb diet consisting mainly of fruits can cure cancer. Freelee herself reveals how a raw till 4 vegan lifestyle completely changed her life. Once a miserable, overweight and depressed young lady, she began this diet which has resulted in extreme weight-loss, improved health and happiness.

So what exactly does this diet involve?

Freelee eats around 30 bananas a day, and suggests this is the best way to transition into the lifestyle. She has created ‘Banana Island’ a fictitious metaphor for a banana detox. During your time on ‘Banana Island’ you are to only consume bananas and water for an extended period of time. Some spend a week on Banana Island, others months. 

Once you have holidayed on Banana Island, it is now time to begin your raw till 4 lifestyle. This involves eating only uncooked vegan foods (mainly fruits and vegetables) until 4pm. This allows you to have a cooked vegan dinner (Freelee suggests rice or potatoes and more vegetables). The macros of the diet are high carb with only 5-10% fat and protein. Usually discouraged by dieters, weight-loss experts and dieticians, Freelee believes that a high-carb diet is the key to incredible health. As the carbohydrates you are consuming are simple carbs from fruits and vegetables they are easier to digest than complex carbs seen in pasta and bread. Freelee also insists that carbohydrates 

Freelee is a spokeperson for going organic and believes that by eliminating the nasty toxins that are found in commercial produce, your health will improve out of sight. She also attributes organic fruits and vegetables to curing diseases such as cancer, depression, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Other conditions such as eczema and acne have also been shown to completely disappear while on this diet. Check out testimonials from the raw till 4 diet here and here.

So what do you guys think about the raw till 4 vegan lifestyle? Have you tried it out? Are you skeptical?

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For more info on Freelee and her lifestyle you can check out her YouTube channel where she posts daily videos about her diet.

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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