In an effort to cut down on plastic, we have begun buying our spices in bulk. Frontier Natural has 16 oz / 453 g bulk bags of spices – we have been buying the organic spices and they are such amazing quality. One thing to remember though is that 16 oz / 453 g of garlic powder is just a few cups – while 16 oz / 453 g of basil or leafy items is more than a liter. You will of course then need something to store these in, as they come in a foil pack. It is best to store in airtight glass containers and keep them in a cool dark place. Continue reading →
One of the hardest parts of being plastic free is not having plastic wrap in the kitchen. Needing to store something in a large bowl that does not have a lid – sure you can try foil, but it just does not work. So this summer when we were in Spain – where Lékué products are everywhere – I found these silicon stretch tops! You can buy these on the Lékué site or amazon for example.
The stretch tops are designed to create a vacuum seal that allows you to preserve food inside or outside the refrigerator
So I have been on the hunt to find toilet paper not wrapped in plastic. In the States I could at least always find single rolls wrapped in paper, but that has not been the case so far here in Norway. (If they are here they must be hiding very well!) I am not exactly on the ‘No Plastic Challenge‘, but I am working as hard as I can to eliminate our plastic use. We are first refusing plastic if we can. So that means no new shopping bags, no produce bags and no plastic packaging.
So the toilet paper was really starting to bother me, I can buy 6 rolls at a time (sometimes I find a 12 pack – yep, no Costo here). So knowing that the toilet paper packaging is not marked and is a soft plastic bothered me very much since I knew it was rather hopeless to be recycled. So the solution: Toilet Paper from Edet, it is packaged in bioplastic!
Edet had toilet paper called ‘Soft Eco’. Here is why I think it is a winner: it is made of 100% recycled fiber and packed in bio-degradable plastic (aka bio plastic), its packaging and paper sleeve can be composted. The tube/sleeve is smaller the normal to make it fit more paper on each roll. Which means more can be transported in one truck, cutting production, packaging, and transportation cost and emissions. For every tree that is used (for the tubes i guess, or mabe boxes?) they plant 3 in its place. They transport only if they have to by air – minimal air transportation. It is produced in Scandinavia. And they have cut there CO2 emmisions by 80% and create there own energy from there waste.
Well ok not 100% completed, I still have like 1/4 of a roll of plastic wrap left, but once it is gone we are not buying a new roll.
“Abeego is natural, reusable, eco-conscious food storage created with hemp/cotton fabric infused with a blend of beeswax and plant extracts. The fluid-resistant coating keeps food fresh and is easy to clean. Simply hand wash Abeego in COLD, soapy water and enjoy the long life of this breathable, plastic free innovation.” -Abeego
So let me just say that I am in love with these Abeego flats I ordered! In my attempt to rid my house of plastic wrap I came across these amazing things! At first I was a tid bit unsure how fabric coated in beeswax would keep my food fresh – but since it was a natural way and I am up for taking chance, I ordered the Multi-Pack. They only cost $15 CAD and the sweet owner, Toni, backaged them in a flat envelope to mail them from Canada to Norway for me. I was first of all OVERLY impressed with the envelope when it arrived – All paper and NO plastic! Packaging after my own heart!
So the multi-pack, also called Flats, are just like plastic wrap in function.. here is what the site says (since they say it best!). “Abeego Flats are the ideal kitchen companion for fresh food storage. Simply press and form over dishes to cover leftovers. Wrap up cheese, mold around produce, baked goods and more. Bend and shape the Flats to suit your individual food storage needs. Explore the versatility with this multi pack containing a small, medium and large Abeego Flat. Use pressure in combination with the warmth of your hands to form it tightly around the item to be stored. Abeego responds to temperature. It will be more adhesive and moldable at room temperature and will stiffen when cool, holding the shape you created.”
We have tacos every Tuesday – AKA Taco Tuesday – and we always have half a cucumber leftover, that I always hope will last until the next Taco Tuesday. But it never does, it is normally mushy. So I was super excited test this. And guess what – after one week of it wrapped in a Abeego and sitting on my counter it was still crisp and fresh – no mush!
There is only one thing I am bummed about though, that is that I want one in like 18×18 inches – haha. Toni has been very helpful in all ways, so I think I will have to make a request (or if you are reading this Tone, this is a request for bigger sizes!) I am very excited about this product and have been telling everyone. Give them a try, and if you like them (I am sure you will!) – then spread the word! Kudos to Toni on that, she is really helping eliminate the plastic consumption.
You can find out more information about Abeego here.