This whole rubbish free thing is a bit of a roller coaster! During the weekend we went down to our local Farmer’s Market and bought spinach, bok choi and asparagus. We would’ve bought a whole lot more but all that great organic food was wrapped up snug in plastic packaging…arghhh! So, the next step there is to start having a quiet word with the vendors and see if there are alternatives they could consider…like no packaging for one.
But then later, when doing a bit of internet time, I came across Lola who has been lobbying Griffins to reconsider the plastic tray they added to their biscuits a few years ago and it seems like they’ve been having a good dialogue! Apparently, Griffins have spent about $70 million on upgrading their plant so they can remove trays from packets of biscuits. They’ve also looked into using corn starch packaging but it doesn’t have a long enough shelf life. Still they seem open to incorporating more sustainable packaging once it becomes available.
Maybe Griffins won’t have to wait too long! According to this article, mushrooms have been used in the development of a material called Mycobond which is biodegradable, heat and fire resistant, energy absorbing and low impact material. Apparently Mycobond is set to make a large impact initially as an alternative to foam packaging, but also has potential as insulation and Ford are considering using it in panels and bumpers for their cars!