All posts tagged: food

beeswax food wraps

In my pursuit of a plastic-free existence, I have admittedly stumbled upon some pitfalls. Storing food is one of them. While fresh food shopping, I opt for the whole option of fruits and veg (eg. a whole cabbage, rockmelon or cauliflower) to avoid the plastic that half portions come wrapped in. Yay, avoided plastic! But not so great when I get home and I can only consume half a rock melon at once. Believe me, rock melon gets pretty boring, pretty quickly. What to do with half a rockmelon? Chop it up and put it in a tupperware container? – I can look forward to eating another half of a rockmelon in the next 24hrs as it’s definitely going soggy. Cling wrap? – Ultimate plastic fail. Put it face down on a plate and hope for the best? – Questionable. Introducing beeswax food wraps! (Basically cotton, soaked in beeswax.) It’s a literally flexible solution that will save space and fit to any item that you need wrapped. Because it’s covered in wax, all you need is the …

minimalism and cooking – a super easy packaging free vegan lemon cake

This lemony treat serves as a quick and easy dinner party dessert. You can whip it up within the hour, using minimal utensils and all the packaging is recyclable or compostable. No eggs, no milk, this cake truly keeps everyone happy. Vegan Lemon Cake Ingredients 275g Self Raising Flour (buy in a paper bag) 200g Caster Sugar (buy in a paper bag) 1tsp Baking Powder (buy in a cardboard box or tin) Zest of 1 Lemon 100ml coconut oil (buy in a glass jar) 170ml cold water Juice of 1 Lemon Optional Icing 115g Icing Sugar (buy in a paper bag) Zest of 1 Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon Directions Preheat oven to 180C (not fan forced) Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper. note; this can be recycled afterward Sift flour into a bowl Add sugar, Baking Powder, zest, coconut oil, cold water and lemon juice. Mix together thoroughly. note; heat coconut oil to a liquid if needed so that it mixes in evenly. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and place in the …

my week of food shopping packaging free

So this week, I decided to see if I could complete the challenge of shopping packaging free for one whole week! One week may seem like a small feat, but I was astonished at how much of our food consumption is wrapped in plastic, how easy it is to actually avoid it and discovered which industries are notorious for packaged produce. *A note before I begin. During this week, I considered glass, metal and paper to be ‘package free’ as these can be 100% recycled, reused or composted. And so we began.. Planning is Key. Convenience is a killer. I am a routine shopper. I set aside one day on the weekend to buy all of our food for the week. This works to my advantage as pre planning all my meals creates a comprehensive list of items that I will need to buy. Using this list, you can spot items that you know are packaged in plastic, and try and find alternatives to the produce itself, or find other places you can get it unpackaged. Without this pre planning, you’re more …

3 tips for a more sustainable Easter

It’s here again. Easter. Since February, pallet-loads of impulse-buy Hot cross buns have been placed near entrances of supermarkets; chocolate eggs and bunnies in awkwardly placed piles near the fridge section reminding you of the impending commercial frenzy. For months supermarkets wear you down until you finally cave and buy Easter goods for everyone you could possibly encounter over the break.