5 ways to be less (lunch box) trashy

5 ways to be less (lunch box) trashy

How to be less trashy

School lunch box special

Firstly, a disclaimer. We don’t eat clean. We like to swear. Sometimes (most of the time) we drink too much. We are definitely not the preachy, smug types, so relaaaax. Googling ‘zero waste lunch ideas’ for this article, has actually made us feel quite tense!

So here’s 5 easy thoughts on how to reduce the waste your kids create at school, while still maintaining very low parenting standards.

1. Don’t change too much

Firstly, start small. Don’t overhaul your whole morning routine and freak yourself out. Look at what you normally provide for school lunches (and the waste it creates when your kid is done), and then consider some tweakage. One small change is enough (seriously, you’ve got enough going on).

2. Try something new (or don’t)

If your goal is to substitute something else in place of a heavily packaged convenience item then you might need some new ideas. That said, we are big supporters of the “send whatever the leftovers were that you didn’t eat last night you painful child” type of school lunch. Because we believe nothing says I love you like “here’s a cold version of the meal I cooked for you yesterday”. Plus, um convenience!

3. Unwrap Yourself

Mummy’s little helper it may be, but plastic film (or Glad Wrap) really isn’t great for the environment (yeah we know, this absolutely sucks). In fact, in a recent park clean we did at Anzac Park in West Ryde, the most commonly found litter item along (with cigarette butts) was plastic food wrap. And its seriously easy to avoid it, once you know how.

  • Containers: Put food straight into your kid’s lunch boxes. Seriously, if the lid is on and its not going to get mixed up with something next to it, you won’t need plastic wrap.
  • Paper: Waxed paper or paper bags are easy to use instead of plastic and comparable in price. If clean and returned, they can even be reused far more often too.
  • Bees Wax wraps: If you’ve never heard of these, they are pretty cool. And there’s a local workshop on soon, if you’d like to know more.

4. Invest in some good gear

Like wine, all lunch boxes are not created equal. Consider spending a little more on your lunchbox if it means it will last your kid’s school career. Seriously, we’ve tested this.

A $4 lunchbox will cost you just as much as a fancy $35 one in the end, if you have to replace it every year when it cracks or bends.

But if your child is prone to losing stuff (let’s face it they all are), then move along team, we get you.

On a side note: Our favourites are some of these stainless steel bad boys. They are super durable and easy to clean.

5. Food Waste

Most of our bins are 40% food waste and school yards are no different. Be realistic about how much your kid needs to eat. Scale it back if they are coming home with a half full lunch box. Food waste is just the worst, up there with Dad jokes and bin juice.

So C’mon, Keep it Clean

Lastly, if you notice your school is looking a little grubby after a few weeks back, maybe talk to them about having a clean up. Or better yet, do a phantom 3 piece clean next time you drop off/pick up. Yep seriously this is the sort of stuff we do all the time (and we are only slightly mad). You’d be surprised how quickly you can make a difference, and some of the other parents might join you. And then before you know it you’ll be sipping champagnes and laughing about how you met by talking about rubbish. (Ok so maybe not, but you’ll feel damn good about yourself and that’s almost as good as champagne, amirite?).

Good luck and may the school year be kind, your kids safe and well, and the only rubbish you have to worry about in 2018 is the next season of Bachelor, Love Island. Seriously, we can’t freaking wait!

Jo Taranto and Corina Seeto are some loose Mums from North Ryde. They have 4 boys between them and also have paid jobs which they do occasionally too. Jo likes drinking whiskey and Corina has a bar under her house, so they are pretty much inseparable. Oh, and they want you to know it’s not too late to see the ABC’s amazing series, War on Waste. Also, there is now a pretty passionate movement starting in the Ryde District too, so they’d love you to get involved. X

Jo Taranto and Corina Seeto

Co-Founders, 5 for Ryde

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Going out on a limb

Going out on a limb

Going out on a limb

What do planting treesFrank Greenprosthetics and marine plastics all have in common?

Well we are so glad you asked.

Apart from the possible plot of the world’s weirdest eco sci-fi cross-over film, it’s actually the basis for 5 for Ryde’s latest fundraising venture.

Please stay with us…

This Sunday 30 July is National Tree Day

Its Australia’s largest community tree-planting event. And in Ryde, its a chance to be with your people in your community.

At Field of Mars from 10am – 12pm this Sunday, plant a tree, have a BBQ and say hi to Jo & Corina from 5 for Ryde.

We’ll be there lending a hand like the other 3.8million people who have planted over 23 million trees since 1996.

Oh and…

We’ll be selling Frank Green cups

First of all. If you have a cup, use the one you have. However, if you’re in the market for a reusable cup, we want it to be something you will treasure. That’s why we love the Aussie innovators at Frank Green.

100% leak proof and you can pick your fave colour combo. Oh, and they are the world’s ‘smartest’ cup thanks to a CafePay chip inside that let’s you tap and pay at participating cafes.

These bad boys are on sale at the RRP, $32 (small) and $35 (large).

We’ll sell them on the day…

to give a hand to those who need one.

Literally.

Did you know 1 in 1,000 people in Australia have experienced loss of a limb?

There’s a crazy-inspiring project that launched on Triple J Hack this week. It’s the brainchild of some brilliant locals who have created an open-source platform to 3D print super gnarly robotic prosthetics that will open up a world of movement and action for amputees.

We’ll donate $10 per sale to RePurpose For Good.

If they raise $15,000, they will be able to take this into school S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) programs so that our kids can take part in 3D-printing and building these high tech prosthetics that will help someone they can actually see using it! Awesome!

It gets better too…

They are made out of marine plastic and e-Waste

That’s right. Beach cleanups for bottle caps and marine plastics can be melted and extruded (3D printed) and up cycled e-waste such as wires and computer motherboards will be used.

So there you have it. 4 good deeds in 1.

 

So give us a hand will you?

An award winning robotics engineer, a biomedical engineer, a sustainability officer, a communications powerhouse and a designer walk into a bar….All lookin’ to use their skills for good and chase their purpose. They all got lucky. Sara, Gerardo, Belinda, Caitlyn & Cyn

Deadset legends, RePurpose For Good

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We're all about positivity and achievable actions. We know the stats are dire and have plenty of info on hand for those who want to know more... but let's just concentrate on leading by example with simple steps we can all do to help make a sustainable future.

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5 Easy Steps to Quit Single Use Plastic

5 Easy Steps to Quit Single Use Plastic

5 easy steps to quit single-use plastic

Sarah Tait, author of Wander Lightly shares her super simple tips

Easy steps to quit Single use Plastic

Here are some super simple tips that will help you reduce your use of single use plastic without too much effort.

  1. Skip the lid on your takeaway coffee cup – better yet invest in a reusable one 
  2. Say NO to straws
  3. Take your own reusable bag for shopping
  4. Invest in a reusable stainless steel/glass water bottle
  5. Take your own containers for the deli/butcher/takeaways

How you can further reduce your Plastic Use

Some simple things that won’t cost the earth & that you can start today to “Reduce your use”.

Invest in

  • A Stainless water bottle
  • Reusable glass coffee cup
  • Reusable Produce bags
  • Reusable Shopping bags
  • A Cutlery pouch for food on the go
  • A Stainless lunch box
  • Glass food storage containers
  • Keep a kit in your car with some of these items so you are prepared

Purchase

  • Food from bulk stores
  • Liquid goods like shampoo, cleaning products & olive oil from Bulk food stores
  • Loose Produce from the supermarket or farmers markets
  • Items in glass or cardboard
  • Use bar soap over liquid soaps
  • Goods second hand or better yet fix old ones, swap or barter
  • Local goods

Save

  • All of your used glass jars; they make excellent storage & freezing containers
  • Paper bags
  • Anything that can be reused or repurposed

Stop

  • Using Plastic straws
  • Using plastic bags in stores & from supermarkets
  • Purchasing anything wrapped in single use plastic especially takeaway food items
  • Purchasing liquids in Tetra paks, recycling is expensive & not particularly accessible
  • Purchasing bottled water & soft drinks in plastic
  • Using Balloons, they end up in turtles tummies
  • Using Glad wrap – use containers or invest in Beeswax reusable food wraps
  • Putting plastic lids on your takeaway coffee or tea if you don’t have a reusable cup
  • Using Styrofoam cups/takeaway containers; take your own

Start

  • Shopping at your local markets
  • Take your own containers to delis or butchers
  • Composting, Bokashi or a worm farm
  • Growing your own herbs or veggies
  • Making your own food & snacks
  • Sharing & swapping tips with others
  • Check out your local, Sell buy swap, Gumtree or barter pages for treasures
  • Taking responsibility for your local area, have a beach walk to pick up some trash.
  • We as consumers have the power to change how plastic is used & distributed.

Product sites

Check out the below sites that have some great Plastic free items to get you started & remember, take it slowly, you want this to be a lifestyle change rather than a passing phase.  Do things in bite sized chunks.  If things are challenging or take lots of time the changes won’t last.  Do things as you feel ready for the change.

Food Items

Markets: Local farmers market guide in Sydney

Bulk Food stores: The Source Bulk foods – Various locations across Australia

House Hold goodies & treats

Hopefully these easy tips inspire you to make changes, however small you think they are…every little bits counts!

Lover of Yoga, nourishing food, photography, the ocean & all her creatures & living Plastic Free.

Sarah Tait

Plastic Free Living Guru, Wander Lightly

Going out on a limb

What do marine plastic pollution, Frank Green cups, prosthetic limbs and trees have in common?

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But aren’t they made of paper?

But aren’t they made of paper?

But aren't they recyclable?

Why takeaway coffee cups won't break down.

Whilst researching the “why” aren’t coffee cups recyclable, we came across this fun little website and thought you’d like it too.

Whilst disposable cups are marketed as ‘paper‘, they are commonly lined with polyethylene and have polystyrene lids (up to 5% plastic). In fact, 20 ‘paper cups‘ contain as much plastic as a small KeepCup.

Using disposable cups every day for a year will consume nearly a kilo of plastic. Even though KeepCup is made from plastic, KeepCup is about less plastic.

Check out the rest of the amazing facts and figures.

http://vs.keepcup.com.au

 

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Forget the wallet

Forget the wallet

Forget the wallet

Frank Green is changing the way we pay for coffee

Technology is already changing how we pay, and Australia is one of the leading countries when it comes to modern payment technologies, accepting tap-n-go with ease, but a new coffee cup goes further.

In fact, it goes so far that the next time you order a cup of coffee, you might be able to pay with the cup itself.

That’s the idea behind the Frank Green SmartCup, a reusable cup made for you to take to your local coffee shop that actually has a gadgety angle (because we won’t cover it unless there’s a bit of technology inside that has changed or has the potential to change dramatically).

Inside the SmartCup, Frank Green has built in a small chip which can talk to the CafePay payment system, simply allowing you to pay with the cup you’ll be having your coffee poured into.

In fact, the technology is in the lid, with a tap from that lid to a sensor allowing the payment process to happen.

The concept of a smart coffee cup is the brainchild of an Australian who was looking for ways to reuse coffee cups and stop people from needing their wallet, finding what he saw was a middle ground.

“I saw the detrimental impact of single-use products, particularly coffee cups and water bottles, and thought ‘how can I resolve this problem?’”, said Benjamin Young, creator of the SmartCup by frank green.

“With payment technology emerging and consumers seeking easier ways to go about their day-to-day business, I saw a gap in the market. It’s a win-win for people and the environment.”

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The SmartCup is available in two sizes — 8oz (230mL) and 12oz (340mL) — with several colour variations made from recyclable materials that manage to be stain and odour free, with the chip inside connecting to the CafePay system and then to a credit card for easy payment.

If you do forget your SmartCup, you’ll find CafePay accepts payment from a smartphone as well, so the one time you do forget your SmartCup, you’ll just have to go with a paper cup instead.

“What we’re creating is the ability to go cash-free,” said Young, adding that “you can easily load credit onto your account.”

“It’s for friends to send one another a coffee ‘just because’. For people to build loyalty with their local café and be rewarded for going back. For the ease with which cafes can notify customers of special offers and discounts via the CafePay app, all whilst being sustainable and environmentally friendly.”

Pricing for the SmartCup comes in at a starting price of $32.95 in Australia, though the places you can use it with the cup-payment functionality are pretty slim at the moment, offering up seven cafes in Melbourne, two in Adelaide, one in Ballarat, and one in Sydney. We’re told this will be growing, though, so if you have a cafe you frequent, it might be worth telling them about it.

Frank likes long walks on the beach. Preferably the kind of walks that don’t involve picking up a gazillion coffee cups. That’s the dream.

Ben Young

Founder, Frank Green

Going out on a limb

What do marine plastic pollution, Frank Green cups, prosthetic limbs and trees have in common?

5forRyde

Simple Steps to Waste Less

We're all about positivity and achievable actions. We know the stats are dire and have plenty of info on hand for those who want to know more... but let's just concentrate on leading by example with simple steps we can all do to help make a sustainable future.

© 2018 5forRyde

 

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