Last month we came across a cool movement underfoot called Plastic Free July.
A little late to the party maybe, but for the last week of July, we participated by making sure our Wanigans were free of plastic containers and bags.
With our operation already designed to output zero food waste, reducing the amount of one-way plastic packaging was a natural motivation for us.
So this past week was a fun challenge for us, we used paper if we needed to box items and we steered away from items that the supplier or farmer could only deliver packaged in plastic. Honestly, it wasn't that difficult, just a slight shift in how we made our purchases and how we packed for the week.
Participating in Plastic Free July, even if it was just for one week, opened our eyes a bit more and helped us become aware of future challenges around plastic. We noticed things like elastic bands holding bunches together, for the kale and carrots. Small things for sure, but good to become more aware.
Btw, for the elastic bands, I keep a mountaineering carabiner (from MEC) in my kitchen drawer. I put the elastics I receive on the "biner", keeps them organized and in one place for reuse around the house later.
Beyond July, we'll continue to look for ways to reduce plastic in our daily operations.
We always deliver in paper grocery bags, with minimal packaging and if the paper bags you receive are in good shape after you unpack your deliveries, we'll gladly take them back to use again, just leave them out on the next delivery day for our drivers.
In our veg shop in Brampton, we have lots of cardboard boxes from our incoming deliveries. We always make these available for our customers to pack their purchases instead of plastic bags. Of course, many of our customers simply bring in their own reusable bags.
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