Avoiding plastics in our daily life routine is something everyone should aim for in my view. In the first post of this plastics blog post series I talked about the breakfast essentials and where we can avoid as much plastics as possible. Here is the link if you want to revisit: How to avoid plastic trash -Part 1 – Breakfast essentials.
In this second post I want to go and make some suggestions on the breakfast spreads we all love that make our breakfast great. It might sound strange to talk about plastics usage writing about breakfast spreads. But take a minute during your next shopping trip and see how much plastics is being used with your favorite product.
Marmelade or Jam
Most Marmelade or Jams come in glasses. Which is great! But not all products actually. The big aspect to take into consideration here is the portion size of the packaging. In larger sizes glass is being used. In smaller, more convenient, plastics is being used. So next time you think about smaller portions of jam or Marmelade make sure you go for recyclable glass jars. And for trips use smaller glass jars from your stockroom and refill your favorite jam or Marmelade into smaller portions instead of buying smaller plastic portions!
Every region of the globe has a special local spread. Make sure you buy this or one of these local spreads. I am sure it a very sustainable solution in terms of plastics and CO2 footprint. This picture here is from our local producer Grafschafter. This golden syrup is just delicious and from local production using a very local resource.
We all love our chocolate spreads. But there is usually a very high price to pay for these chocolate spreads. In terms of plastics it is same as with Marmelade of jam. Larger portions come in glass jars and smaller portions mostly in plastics. In my view we should avoid using these plastic variants. The other really important impact with chocolate spreads is the production of chocolate of course. But we all know about this by now. Nevertheless make sure you buy the chocolate spreads and all other spreads with these aspects in mind:
- Where is the spread produced? Try to buy local and not global.
- Is this a fairtrade product? If not is there more information on the production side of it? Support fairtrade practices.
- What is the packaging like? If it is glass it is okay but a plastics packaging is not acceptable. If you look around a bit more I am sure you will find a comparable product with a more sustainable alternative.
This is all in terms of my advice with breakfast spreads. Next we will move on to lunch. 🙂 And make sure to have a look at our cornerstone content including what we think of the Sustainability and Business relationship and how you could start using social media to promote sustainability.