I recently switched to buying milk in glass bottles from the milkman as it is plastic free, organic, unhomogenised, supermarket free (ish – whether or not Dairy Crest is supermarketesque is another question) and at least British if not local. However I was concerned about whether the farmers were being paid a fair price for the milk I bought and decided to ask Dairy Crest (who I’m buying the milk from) directly as I outlined in this article here. This is what they said.
I will have to take them at their word, but I was disappointed over their lack of transparency over this issue.
I have also been wondering if the stock cubes I buy have plastic in the wrapper, so I tweeted Kallo as I usually buy their brand of stock cubes. They replied with this.
Before I got their reply I also did my own experiment – I soaked the wrapper in water and then separated out the layers and found the thin layer of plastic on top of the foil. I have heard this method can be good if you want to recycle the different layers, but I just ended up with a bit of a mess…
I’m sure Kallo are not alone in the way they package their stock cubes and I am quite happy to live without stock cubes. I often substitute them with yeast extract because it is sugar free and it is one of the key ingredients in stock cubes. However I have yet to find plastic free yeast extract – although the Meridian brand does come in a glass jar with a metal lid, but the lid is plastic lined. I have tried making my own stock in the past, but it has never tasted anything like the stuff you buy and other members of my family want their rice and pasta cooked with stock. I have asked Kallo if they will consider rethinking their stock cube packaging, but in the meantime I need to start looking for plastic free stock – any suggestions anyone? I also need to update my going single use plastic free to do list with stock cubes (read more here)!
Other UK bloggers going plastic free can be found writing at Westywrites, Plastic is Rubbish, Westwick Dreaming, Second-hand tales, Sustainable Witney, My Zero Waste, Plastic-Free July in Croydon and Mommy Emu – take a look and why not join us on our plastic free journey!