Zero Waste Week: Reducing packaging waste

I’ve written before about eliminating everyday kitchen waste here. In that post, I talk about reusable sandwich wraps, kitchen roll and wet wipes.

Since then I have also ordered some food safe reusable snack bags from My Little Patch. These are great for school lunchboxes or out-and-about with the toddler. And fully machine washable, which is handy.


Plastic food bags are expensive to buy and, despite some of them being quite sturdy with ziplock fastenings and such, are rarely used more than once. These pretty little pouches are a fantastic alternative and much better for the environment.


As a little aside to this, as someone who shops online a lot, I am on the receiving end of LOADS of plastic mailing bags. Some of them are already biodegradable which is great, but if you’re careful when opening them, there’s no reason why they need go to landfill after only one use. They’re not usually flimsy things (they have to survive our postal system after all!), so save your money and the environment and reuse them!



Finally, I’ve crocheted a few of these cute apple cosies for friends and family, as well as end-of-term gifts for teachers.


I found a free pattern on Ravelry. Very quick and easy to make and super cute. It takes very little yarn to make so is great for using up odds and ends. I even reused an old button so didn’t need to buy anything for it. That apple that you throw into your handbag as you’re dashing out the door but is bruised by the time you want to eat it? Problem solved.


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4 thoughts on “Zero Waste Week: Reducing packaging waste

  1. Alison (A Fine Piece & A Blether) September 3, 2014 at 11:10 Reply

    Like the reusable snack bags. My eldest has just started school and for some reason they have been told not to take tubs etc for their snack and instead just to take them in a bag that can be put in the bin.

    • The Pie Patch September 3, 2014 at 11:15 Reply

      Ugh. We get that for any school trips. Must be completely disposable, in a carrier bag not a lunch box. Not even allowed a reusable bottle. Such a bad message to give to kids.

      But what would they do if you just ignored it and sent reusable items? As long as they were properly labelled, I really can’t see the problem.

  2. Rachelle Strauss September 4, 2014 at 14:22 Reply

    Those snack packs are awesome, but I can see my DD running off with them and using them for all sorts of things other than the intended purpose. Love your apple!

    • The Pie Patch September 4, 2014 at 14:29 Reply

      Hahaha. Very true. Maybe they’re just a bit TOO pretty for food? 😉

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