March 21 – Say No To Plastic Packaging

This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is.  Joshua 9 v 12

1. Bread bags

Whoever coined the expression “the best thing since sliced bread” must have worked for the plastics industry.. Unfortunately, once a loaf is sliced, it does not remain fresh for very long, unless air is kept from it. In the 1930s, sliced loaves came wrapped in wax paper (and later cellophane) with the folded-over ends sealed with glued-on labels. This kept the bread fresh until the package was opened, but then it was not easily resealed. The polyethylene bag [developed in the mid 50’s] clearly solved that problem, because it could be closed, opened and re-closed easily with a tie. Twist ties are often coated with PVC, one of the worst plastics.

Besides twist ties, many bread bags today are held shut by plastic bread clips, those flat little squares with a hole in the middle

Take a reusable cloth bag to the bakery and ask to have my (unsliced!) bread placed directly inside it. Bring the bread home. Slice a piece and eat it. Yum!  Return the remaining unsliced loaf to the cloth bag and store it in an airtight tin.

2. Boxes not bags

If you hunt around and are prepared to change your brand, you can find boxes instead of plastic bags for many items such a laundry detergents, cereals etc.

Make sure to tell the company why you are no longer buying their product, post your new choice of product on social media and tag the company (@company) to tell them you have changed to a different supplier.

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