8 Ways to Switch to Eco-Friendly Food & Drink Packaging

How to switch to re-usable food & drink packaging

Because food is SUCH a major part of all of our lives, it means that the way we handle it  is a major opportunity to really make some sustainable improvements to our lifestyle.

So – here’s a round up of the 8 main ways we package our food and drinks, and lots of colourful ways you can switch over to eco food & drink packaging options for you and your family.

Reusable coffee / tea / hot drink cups

It’s a no-brainer – help stop the endless flow of disposable coffee cups into our landfill and environment, by taking your re-usable coffee cup with you wherever you go.

Our favourites for our morning coffee are Cheeki and eCoffee cups The Cheeki non-drip coffee cup is really well insulated; after a couple of hours your drink will still be piping hot.

Bio-coffee cups

Re-usable coffee cups will always be the most environmentally friendly option – but if you really have to have a disposable cup at the very least make sure it is a BioCup Coffee cup.

BioCup disposable coffee cups are made from FSC certified wood pulp with a very thin lining of 100% biodegradable and compostable PLA bioplastic, which makes them waterproof just like a conventional cup. They are Carbon Off-set from point of manufacture through to point of disposal, and are accepted into many standard council recycling systems across Australia. In addition, if you are a food business, you can sign up to the Biopak composting service to have your used Biocups commercially composted along with your organic waste, back into compost.

SO much better that using polystyrene or even standard disposable coffee cups, which are lined with plastic and take many meany years to degrade.

Reusable water bottles and cups

There is no excuse now-a-days not to take your own drinking bottle with you; there are just so many great options out there.

Our only word of warning is – make sure whatever you purchase is stainless steel, glass or thick BPA free plastic….and not aluminium. Many of the super cheap bottles you see that look metal are in fact aluminum and will soon start corroding once you start using them.

Squeeze pouches for toddlers

Seems like a craze at the moment; squeeze pouches are very handy and kids love them – and it’s perfectly possible to let your kids enjoy the convenience of them while avoiding the long term impact on the planet of all the non-recyclable conventional pouches on the market.

Again, there are a few great options out there and probably more will be invented over the years…we love Little Mashies. The beauty of these pouches is the ability to know exactly what is going into the food you are giving your little ones.

Icy-pole moulds

Just like with the re-usable squeeze pouches, re-usable icy-pole moulds give you the assurance of knowing exactly what is in the iced treats you are giving your child. Munch Silicone Icy-pole moulds are re-usable and long lasting.

Stainless steel, re-usable lunchboxes and food thermoses

Lots of options here – Sustain-a-stacker lunch boxes (like Tiffins), Cheeki food thermoses, and smaller leak proof Kids Konserve condiment and snack containers.

Soft lunch and snack packaging options

For all the things that don’t necessarily need a hard container, there are plenty of great lightweight and flexible packaging options that you can simply stick in your pocket after you’ve eaten the contents. We love 4MyEarth snack pockets and sandwich wraps, washable Little Mashies silicone food storage bags for nuts, crackers and fruit as well as fr freezing things in, unbleached paper sandwich and snack bags  (for a disposable option) and BeeKeep waxed food bags. All of these options are re-usable, washable and mean that you can avoid using single use plastic.

Re-usable cutlery

Ok, you have your food, now what do you eat it with? What about a straw for your drink? Of course you could take regular kitchen cutlery with you and that’s a great option. But for something a bit more light weight, you could try a Bamboo travel cutlery set (dishwasher safe) and perhaps a stainless steel drinking straw with its own cleaner to keep it squeaky clean inside. If you want a disposable option – or if there’s a chance it will be lost, PLA biocutlery is a cost effective disposable option made from 100% plant based plastic (PLA) that is certified commercially compostable but can also be safely washed and reused….so you are safe either way.

So that’s our round up for now, of the 8 main ways we package our food and drinks and lots of bright and colourful, user friendly options for switching over to a re-usable, much more Eco-friendly alternative!

Got other suggestions? Let us know!