Being Waste Free
March 03, 2020
Did you know that packaging accounts for the highest percentage use of plastic? Single use plastics that are used a lot to package our fresh produce and food are one of the sources that contribute to this percentage.
One of the ways that we can contribute is to start a waste-free lifestyle. At Village Grocer, we aim to be eco-friendly and waste-free as much as we can. Let’s start at the easiest area that we can all relate and make changes to – meal times. This month, we’ll be talking about how to have a waste-free lunch when you’re out and about.
A waste-free meal means that you have no trash to throw away once you’re done with your meal. You might have compostables such as banana peels or apple cores. Remember, the best way to reduce plastic, is to not have to a reason to use it.
Here are some simple tips on how you can start packing your waste-free lunch:
Tip #1: Reusable Containers
Bring your daily portions in reusable containers made of cloth, durable plastic, or glass. There are a lot of reusable container options out there, so you can make your lunch as unique as you! Reusable containers also mean less usage of Styrofoam, plastic wrap or foil. If you must wrap your food up, aim to use recyclable paper bags.
Tip #2: Silverware to Wash and Reuse
Save a ton of plastic when you start using silverware instead of plastic forks and spoons. So if you’re packing a salad or some pasta, do that one little extra step and pack a fork and spoon which you can definitely wash at your office pantry or you could do it when you go back home later.
Tip #3: Reusable Carrier
Instead of reaching for a plastic bag, why not invest in a cloth bag that could be used to carry your lunchbox and drinks? There are plenty of options out there for cloth bags that are designed specifically to fit the lunchboxes that you use and act doubly as an insulator at the same time too.
Tip #4: Cloth Napkins
Paper napkins are unnecessary item to be included into your lunch box. Why not consider using cloth napkins? One of the benefits is that they can be washed and reused and furthermore a cloth napkin is usually bigger than your average paper napkin so you don’t need to always grab more than one napkin like you would with paper napkins. Of course the rule to abide by would also be that if you don’t need a napkin, then don’t use one.
These steps might seem simple but don’t underestimate the power of change. If each of us begin to be aware of our choices made even at something as simple as meal time, it would start a wave of positive steps made towards reducing waste to our environment. A little bit, goes a long way!
At Village Grocer, we are committed to improving our standards when it comes to reducing plastic usage. With your support, we will continue to strive to be plastic free soon!