Making the change to sustainable living sometimes feels like a mammoth task – it seems like everything comes in some kind of plastic now. By taking some old-fashioned approaches to food, though, and updating some of those less-than-eco-friendly solutions we've come to rely on, it's easier than ever to do your part, and cut down on waste going into landfill.
Classic fixes for modern dilemmas
Before the rise of takeaway food, and a million meal-delivery apps that took over our phones, lunchboxes were a common sight for people at work and school. No one was thinking about it in terms of "sustainable living" at that point – it was just easier, and more practical, to carry your food in a sturdy, reusable container.
Now, as we become more and more aware of the impact of our choices, we're coming back to that simple but effective solution. Whether you're meal-prepping for the week, or bringing leftovers into the office for work, having a handy container is the logical choice. Ever Eco's stainless steel Bento Box is a stylish and light plastic-free lunch option, with a durable design that's built to last.
If you're worried about space in your bag, Ever Eco also make some stainless steel Nesting Containers that are designed to sit inside one another once you've eaten your lunch. They're also leak-resistant and light-weight, so you can safely pop your leftover daal from last night's Indian in your work bag to enjoy later. They also come with lids in cute pastel colours, because sustainable living doesn't have to be boring!
Replacing plastic for our future
We've been using plastic wrap for decades, and honestly it's hard to imagine life without it. Keeping food fresh in the fridge, or wrapping up something small to take with you is so convenient! But the environmental cost of all that single-use plastic isn't worth it, so Ever Eco's Silicone Food Covers are an absolute dream. Easy to use, and even more durable than the disposable stuff, the silicone covers give you a handy way to seal containers, pop fresh fruit in the fridge or keep leftovers in ready-to-eat condition. Each set includes six circular covers in a range of sizes, and they're safe for the fridge, freezer and microwave. Once you're done, simply wash (you can pop them in the top rack of your dishwasher, or clean them by hand) and when they're dry, they're ready to re-use. Simple!
Just like plastic wrap, zip-lock bags are a staple of cupboards, freezers and snack stashes everywhere, but the plastic ones just don't last, so they end up in landfill, taking generations to biodegrade. Ever Eco's Silicone Food Pouches are a brilliant replacement, taking the convenience of a zip-lock bag and making it a reliable, reusable product that's even more effective. Made from the same thick, sturdy silicone, these pouches can handle stocks, soups and smoothies as well as dry ingredients and snacks to have on the move. Plus, the seal on Ever Eco's pouches is even easier to close than the temperamental zip-lock bags, so it won't take six tries to get the thing safely done up!
Take a sip
Plastic straws are still important for some people with physical disabilities, but for everyone else, it's a simple way you can cut down on your waste without having to sacrifice the delicious drinks you love so much. If you can't go without, keeping a reusable straw in your bag is an easy alternative, so you can still sip in comfort. And for the boba tea fans, Ever Eco even make a bubble tea-friendly straw that's big enough to help you catch every last pearl.
We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.
– Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero Waste Chef
Sustainable living is a long process, but you can start your journey by making small, practical changes to your lifestyle that reduce your waste. Choosing reusable alternatives is a great place to start, and Ever Eco's range of carefully-designed solutions make it even easier to make that change.