On Saturday 18th of July, Team Green members Hazel, Chloe, Lucia and her sister Cora, Lena, Lulu and I went to the Waste Free Fair at the Wanaka Center and hosted a stall.
At the Fair you can buy zero -waste products and learn a lot about living a waste free life.
We sold homemade cards and feather earrings made out of recycled inner bike tubes. Lucia sold beeswax wraps and hand sewn bags. Hazel was also holding a stall and was selling bath bombs and cards. Lena helped out around our three different stalls. Our stalls were a great success!
There were many stands and people, and we had a great time visiting all the different eco-friendly stalls.
There was chopping boards and cutlery made from wood, jewelry, hand sewn gloves and hats, soap, food, and so much more.
The surprising profit we all earned is being donated to a variation of helpful organisations such as WWF, Te Kakano and Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
We nearly sold everything, and we even got an order to make a pair of earrings!!
Quite simply if we use less packaging in our lunchboxes, we will generate less waste.
The problem with food wrap…
For your health: some studies have shown that PVC and other plastics used in plastic wraps leach into food on contact, in particular fat foods (e. g. cheese) and when heated. These plastic components are hormone disrupters possibly causing reproduction problems and cancers.
For the environment: Non recyclable, they just accumulate in landfill and in nature, where they take a 100 to 1000 years to decompose.
They are not sustainable: Made from petroleum -which is in limited supply- they are thrown out after just one use! What a muck-up!
Use compartment lunchboxes
And fill them with snacks bought by bulk (cheaper too), fruits, and sandwiches just held together by the pressure of the box.
Sistema boxes or naked food boxes, or even EcoLunchBox in in stainless steel
I have been using waxed paper to wrap sandwiches. It is reusable about 10 times and then is good to light the fire.
Eat simpler foods
Consider the difference in energy and resources use between an apple and an individually wrapped apple sauce whereas it all ends up the same way! Make your own cakes and biscuits, you will avoid all the snack bars plastics, etc. Lots of ideas here.
Show your packaging free lunchbox in our meeting on Wednesdays lunchtimes in the library and you may win a Gotcha Card!