Zero waste starter kit for families + giveaway

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This year I have been focusing on reducing the amount of waste that comes out of our house. We are great at recycling – we recycle cans, tins and jars (I reuse most of my jars), separate hard and soft plastics and compostable matter, but for us to live a more sustainable life we need to reduce the amount of plastic etc we bring into the house.

As a family we still have a very long way to go, but I am happy that we are making gradual changes that are reducing the amount of plastic that we have to recycle. Reusable shopping bags are an easy obvious one for families, but other small changes we can make are:

  • using reusable food covers instead of plastic wrap or foil
  • using reusable produce bags for fruit and veg
  • using reusable bags and containers for buying items in bulk – eg nuts, coconut flakes, cacao powder etc
  • using reusable bags for bread

These are recent changes we have made and they are really doable for even large families. It requires a shift in behaviours, a shift in our habits to make sure we have the right bags on hand and use them and swap the products that we usually reach for.

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Beeswax food wraps – wraps are fantastic substitute for plastic wrap and the like. They are made using 100% organic cotton infused with a special blend of beeswax and oils to create a flexible, slightly sticky and naturally antibacterial wrap for storing and packing food. We use them for all sorts of foods – cheese, lettuce, fruit, covering left overs and the like.

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Reusable produce bags – these bags are fabulous and prevent food from having to roll around the trolley or basket in an attempt to avoid using plastic bags. Each of these bags are made from different fabrics or construction to suit the varying needs of different produce.

  • The natural fibre bag (absorbs excess moisture and restricts airflow) – for green beans, nuts, grains, bulk foods
  • The solid weave bag (restricts air flow and locks in moisture) – for squash, broccoli, carrots and celery
  • The mesh weave bag (allows ethylene* gas, nature’s ripening agent, to escape) – for apples, oranges, onions and potatoes

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And this is by far my new favourite! While I don’t eat sliced bread, everyone else in the family does. I have tried taking containers to the bakery to put the sliced bread into and I have tried using paper bags at the bakery, then putting them in the container when I get home. Neither worked incredibly well, but these bread bags have!

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ONYA bread bags – we have two of these as I usually buy bread two loaves at a time. Our super local bakery are very happy to take the bags from me and then place the loaves into them once they are sliced.

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The Onya Bread bags are made from 100% non-toxic materials – made from 100% rPET recycled drink bottles! As they are double lined and have a roll and clip closure it keeps the bread fresh.

Win a zero waste starter kit for families from Biome

Biome are one of my favourite online stores and they have kindly put together a Zero waste starter kit for families to give to one lucky reader of Planning With Kids!

The kit is valued at over $115 and includes:
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Honeybee beeswax food wraps – set of 4 – Reusable honeybee beeswax wraps that will keep food fresh in place of using disposable plastic wrap. Handmade in Byron Bay, NSW. Set of 4 wraps. Please note that the lovely Honeybee prints are random and your wraps may look different to those picutred.

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ChicoBag reusable produce bag kit – set of 3 apple – Set of 3 lightweight reusable produce bags designed to contain, protect and preserve your fruit, vegetables and bulk foods. A great solution for eliminating single-use plastic when you are grocery shopping. Set of 3 bags each with a different material to suit a variety of produce and a handy pouch and clip for storage.

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Onya Bread Bag x 2 – Make your bakery run zero waste with this reusable Bread Bag! Onya’s bread bag is made from recycled plastic bottles, keeps all sizes of bread fresh, and is easy to clean and reuse for a long time.

The giveaway is open to Australian residents only and full terms and conditions of the giveaway can be found in the entry form. If you are reading via email and cannot see the entry form below, please click here to enter. Good luck!

Comments 43

  1. These look fantastic. I really want to get packaging out of my life as much as possible. Great idea for Christmas gifts too.

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  2. I am 90% 0waste. I recycle all my plastics, soft packaging recycled at the supermarket, and food waste composted. I would love some reusable items so I can Reuse before resorting to recycling.

  3. Please, we are a mother daughter family and try to minimise everyday use of utilities, waste, finance etc….. This pack would be a blessing as finances are way over being tight.. 🤗 Thank you ..

  4. We have been working towards 0 waste in the last 12 months. These products are amazing and make the transition so much easier. My children have taken this idea to school, with one day a week now know as naked food Monday – where the idea is as little packing as possible.

  5. Great idea. Would be great if the big supermarkets would adopt this idea of reusable bags for bread and vegetables. Their bread is always wrapped. I will start using our brumbys bread store more. I also have a Facebook page called, Our War On Litter and Waste.
    Liam Kelly

  6. My New Years Resolution for 2018 is to live zero waste, so this starter kit would be the most perfect way to get that started! We need to be more aware of the large quantities of ‘single-use’ and unrecyclable rubbish that people bring home from the supermarket and we need to make a change!

  7. Great way to reduce the plastic coming into the house.
    So many people have adapted to reusable shopping bags it is a small step to expand it to reusable produce bags. I have had a mushroom bag for years and wish I had bought several as it keeps the mushrooms fresh for ages. I have never been able to find them again.
    Now we need to convince the supermarkets to stop packaging veggies in plastic trays surrounded by plastic wrap.

  8. I’m just starting out on my reducing waste journey so this would help enormously! Thank you for helping us save the planet 🙂

  9. Love the idea of these products. We have implemented the same recycling as you with soft plastics, compost and recycling however I still find myself needing to use snap lock bags and cling film which I reuse however drying them off can be tedious and messy and the best option would to not use them at all.

  10. I’ve been meaning to try these for some time. We try to use reusable containers rather than plastic wrap or bags, but these are even more versatile! Yes please!

  11. I would absolutely be grateful for this.. as a family of five I have had I find ways to reduce wastage and save money. This would be awesome to give these a go and see how much they change that.

  12. I’d love to give these products a go & share with other family members, to spread the word. We’ve made some huge changes this year such as going to the bulk food store & are being really mindful what we buy to avoid packaging.

  13. I would love this. I’m pretty good at recycling everything, and using reusable bags, need more vege bags, but we do buy bread in bags 🙁 I want to change this.

  14. I’m always on the lookout for ways to save plastic and reuse where I can. I like the beeswax wraps for the kids have ‘wrapper free’ lunches every day. They’ll come in very handy.

  15. 2018 is the year for me to be plastic bag free.
    Please, please, please help me 🙏🙏🙏 to recycle and be environmentally happy.

  16. I love that you are promoting these wonderful products! I already use the beeswax wraps and they are great. Health food stores also sell ‘The Swag’ calico type large or small bags to keep vegies fresh for much longer in the crisper – and they really work like magic! Best discovery for me in tears. I use very little plastic wrap as containers are more effective and less messy. I continue my search for new ways to help our environment.

  17. I need to get these products as I was very generous and gave my bees wax covers to my sister and haven’t replaced them yet. I do love the idea of the bread covers
    We all need to contribute to the environment 💜

  18. Hmmmm… the idea especially as living out of town means recycling is really hard to virtually impossible!
    However the competition has not recognised that I have shared this on facebook.

  19. I really love the idea of the bread bags and the beeswax food wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap. It’s difficult when most stores still insist on wrapping products in plastic wrap, plastic bags or package in plastic.

  20. We too are trying to reduce our plastic waste. Recently wemade some food wrap cottonsquares at my daughters art club. So easy and so much fun. We now use them in the kitchen every day. I thoroughly recommend.

  21. Wow these products sound amazing! If everyone in the world used just 1 of these products everyday instead of the traditional stuff…Can you imagine the difference it would make?!? Wish I lived in Australia

  22. Converting to reusable bread bag is so exciting!! Not to mention the produce bags eliminate the need for plastic bags. Reaching for the beeswax cloth to cover container and cut food, wrapping and reusing. I am an excited advocate of Biome and the ever growing range of innovative products

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