We're at the start of plastic free July!
If you're reading this, you are probably some way along your journey to reducing the single-use plastic in your lives. It can seem a very overwhelming task, but it's an important one - a walk into any large supermarket will reinforce the scale of the problem we face. The good news is that, collectively, our customers alone have saved tonnes of single use packaging. Our economy is designed to support a manufacture-use-dispose system, and within these constraints, shops like Unwrapped and people like you are making a huge difference.
What are some seasonal and fun ways of reducing single use packaging?
We love berries, and they're really good for you! Their plastic packaging is really difficult to avoid as berry fruits are easily damaged. This time of year we have a daily ritual of picking all the ripe raspberries, blackcurrants, cherries and strawberries in the garden. If you don't have enough space for fruit bushes there's lots of places you can go fruit picking. Whilst you're at it, you could also make some preserves for the rest of the year (or write a wish list for grandma to make like we do!).
The sight of soaking pulses in jars and bowls is quite beautiful, and is becoming more common in our house. We go through a lot of hummus, and so we usually have some chickpeas out on the side. This is also a really cheap way of making hummus (which usually comes in small plastic pots and is never garlicky enough!). Just add tahini, garlic, olive oil, salt to taste and aquafaba - the juice the chick peas have been cooked in. Eat with summer salads.......or with anything basically.
Finally, whether your summer drink is water, cocktails or juice, you may be after a straw to add that touch of luxury. My reusable straw of choice is made of bamboo. This is likely to be one of the most eco-friendly straw choices to make - made by a fast growing grass species and minimal processing required, bamboo straws have a very small environmental footprint.
Enjoy the sun and come in store to tell us about your #PlasticFreeJuly tips!