Monday, February 16, 2015

Trash Totals // Week 2

Not much to report this week mainly because I haven't had time to sort through my weekly haul from the week. What I have noticed however, is the recyclability of some of my favourite things.

Take for example these two grocery items:

Thank you Island Farms, 100% Recyclable
Cottage Cheese. Unlike other plastic tub containers this cottage cheese container is 100% recyclable (foil liner included).

Whereas, my favourite rice brand package is not :(

WildRoots, #loveyourproducthateyourpackaging
In our region, and most areas of BC standup sealable plastic packages like this aren't recyclable which means this plastic is destined for the landfill. I've definitely been on the lookout lately for packaging that is 100% recyclable or compostable or at the very least biodegradable. Obviously, the best way to do this is to buy fresh, local whole foods whenever possible. Which means I am certainly missing the amazing local food markets in Asia as the one food item I've yet to find without disposable plastic packaging is tofu.

Looking for some more food for thought on food packaging? Check out this BBC The Food Chain podcast on The Secret Life of Packaging 

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