Packaging Part 3: The Kitchen Kit
In this short series on packaging, we’re looking at all of the packaging that passes through What Plastic HQ. In part 1 we explored the packaging we use to ship products, while part 2 looked at the packaging our bathroom products are wrapped in. For part 3, we’re moving on to our kitchen products.
These wraps come in a simple piece of recycled card to hold everything together and stop your wraps getting grubby. We’ve visited the manufacturers at their headquarters and can report first-hand that they’re super careful about how eco-friendly their packaging is. They make sure not to use any bleached sticky tape or paper, they reuse boxes from a business next door, and they even take delivery of their beeswax in reused containers.
All of the info you need about using your beeswax wraps (cleaning them, disposing of them, etc.) can be found on the pack, so if you’ve not used them before you might want to hang on to it a little longer than normal before you recycle it.
Loofah washing-up pad (and coir scrubbing brush)
It may not be in the kitchen kit, but we’re lumping in the scrubbing brush with the loofah here because they both come with minimal packaging: just a simple piece of card. It’s about as close to zero waste as you can get while still including the instructions on a product.
All you have to do is stick the card in your recycling bin.
It may look like our cloths are wrapped in plastic film, but this packaging is actually made from corn starch! Corn starch is a so-called bioplastic that looks and acts like normal plastic packaging. But the reason it’s better than plastic is that it’s compostable, meaning it’ll break down over time into just CO2 and water so there won’t be any microparticles of plastic left floating around in the environment. Corn starch needs either reasonably high temperatures or quite a few months to break down fully, so just be patient with it if you’re composting at home. However, be aware that some local authorities don’t collect it in garden waste bins because their composting facilities can’t break it down quickly enough (my local council won’t take it but my sister’s will). So remember to check with your local council before putting bioplastics in your garden waste bin, and please don’t put them in the recycling as they can inadvertently get mixed up with recyclable plastics and reduce the quality of the recycling.
Paper sandwich bags
As you'd expect, our compostable, FSC-certified paper sandwich bags come packaged in a cardboard box made from recycled card. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is simply to put the box in the recycling once you’ve used up your sandwich bags so that it can be turned into yet another useful product.
Nothing! Zero! Zilch! Yep, that’s right, these produce bags come with absolutely zero packaging, which means absolutely zero waste. If you’re worried about them being dirty because they haven’t been encased in plastic on their journey to you, just put them through the laundry to reassure yourself!
So there you have it: the total packaging inside our kitchen kit consists of three bits of recycled, recyclable card and a small bioplastic wrapper. Definitely better than all of the plastic the supermarket equivalents of these items come packaged in!