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Save a Packet, the “scoop and save” loose-food shop of Kingsbridge, Devon.

I’m the Devon end of Junk-Free January┬áand I’m very fortunate to have a shop in my neighbourhood called Save a Packet. They’ve been very supportive of the project. Here are some of the things you can buy there. They’re very happy for you to take your own containers.

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Almonds

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Organic Spelt Flour and Organic Granary Flour
Organic Spelt Flour and Organic Granary Flour

At Save a Packet, it’s possible to buy:

  • Rice – several varieties.
  • Salt
  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Lentils of various sorts.
  • Flour – including organic spelt flour and organic maize flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Sugars
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Dried fruit
  • Cocoa powder
  • Coffee
  • Sweets

And loads of other good stuff. There’s a more complete list here.

We’d be really interested to know if you have anything similar in your neighbourhood. If so, you’re welcome to leave a link and description in the comments section so we can support their good work. (of course you’re welcome to leave a comment if you don’t have one too ­čÖé )

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Experimenting with packaging free deserts and snacks

Five days in to our no packaging challenge and I’ve become a bit obsessed by food. I have a sweet tooth, and would often pick up some kind of chocolately desert to eat for tea at home. So what can fill the void, when anything in a plastic or paper container is banned?

I’m hoping to sometimes┬ábuy cakes without wrappers, but so far I’ve not been organised enough to take an empty container with me to work to take one┬áhome… and cake slices without packaging┬áare┬áharder to find than you’d think. Today I wandered round the train station thinking I’d just sit down and have some cake on a plate, but all the cakes & muffins had wrappers, and I ended up with an apple (and a free sample from a chocolate shop ­čÖé

Until I get a bit more organised, this month is making me healthier, not such a bad thing after all!

Bananas have taken on a new significance as a snack, I try and make them more interesting by slicing them up and adding nuts and the like. The excellent Mother Earth shop in Newington Green, which does a huge range of healthy refills, also sells chocolate button type sweets from a jar, so those got added too.

They also sold cocoa powder, so I have plans to make ‘raw’ chocolate brownies, something like the ones described here. As well as the cocoa powder, I’ll need dates, walnuts, something sweet (banana?), and coconut oil (this seems to be a recurring theme). My partner in junk free-ness is working on a cunning plan to get hold of this precious substance.

The best proper desert so far was a rhubarb and bramley apple bake with ginger – this is a bit tart (haven’t got sugar yet) but makes you feel really good. I’ve managed to find loose oats and muesli so next time I’ll use this as a topping.

For savoury snacks, I’ve been toasting pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and eating lots of olives which a kindly local shop sold me in┬ámy own box.

Package-free herbs and spices in my local healthfood shop.

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I had a quick shop in “Nicholsons” one of our two healthfood shops in Kingsbridge today and I investigated all the herbs and spices that are available package-free. The helpful shop assistant told me that many of their customers bring their own containers, or if not they provide people with paper bags.

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They also sell package-free Ecover – washing up liquid, washing machine liquid, fabric conditioner and surface cleaner which have the added advantage of being kind┬áto the environment.

Well done Nicholsons! I will be stocking up on lovely herbs and spices here.

Jenny.

Trash is for Tossers

Whooooa I just stumbled across an article from a woman called Lauren in New York, who has lived Junk-Free for two whole years. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16168/i-havent-made-any-trash-in-2-years-heres-what-my-life-is-like.html

She also writes an awesome blog called “Trash is for Tossers” She has recipes for making your own household and bathroom products. Loads of good practical information here.