Plastic free July is a worldwide movement encouraging people to reduce their plastic use – especially single-use plastic (think coffee cups, plastic bags, straws…). July’s nearly over, but we thought we’d slip in just in time to give you our top tips for keeping smoothies sustainable and plastic free.
We’re a Maori company with a vision to nurture our world. The value of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) is right at the heart of everything we do. Every step of the Whaiora process, sourcing, blending and packaging, shows our promise to preserving natural resources for future generations.
We’ve drawn nourishment from Papatuanuku (earth mother) from the beginning of time, and we know that to take care of ourselves we must also take care of our whenua (land). This includes reducing our plastic usage as much as possible. Check out our tips:
It’s estimated that in New Zealand we use around 200 million plastic straws every year! Most straws are used only once before being thrown away and take up to 200 years to break down. Either just sip away on your smoothie or consider reusable straws. We love CaliWoods Reusable Smoothie Straws.
When buying your smoothie produce (and ingredients to add to your Whaiora smoothie blend) use reusable bags. Kiwis use around 1.6 billion plastic bags per year. They’re used for an average of only 12 minutes, yet each one can take 1,000 years to degrade. There are some great New Zealand companies selling reusable bags which are perfect when buying nuts from the bulk bin or to keep your mandarins from rolling around the trolley.
Lots of popular smoothie ingredients come in plastic packaging. But you can make a lot of these from scratch! A quick Google will bring up some easy recipes for things like yogurt or almond milk (just don’t forget to take your reusable bag when buying almonds from the bulk bin!).
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