I’m the Devon end of Junk-Free January and 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.
At Save a Packet, it’s possible to buy:
Rice – several varieties.
Lentils of various sorts.
Flour – including organic spelt flour and organic maize flour
Nuts and Seeds
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 🙂 )
It’s difficult to find milk without packaging and although it’s possible to get nice organic milk by the glass at my local farm-shop, (so it’s possible to fill your own container there), I’ve decided to make my own almond milk because I’ve done it before with delicious results and I can get loose almonds at Save a Packet.
Soak your almonds in water for 24-48 hours
Drain and then blitz in a whizzer with a bit of water.
You’ll get something looking a bit like this:
Put a colander or sieve in a bowl or pan, and line it with muslin, cheese cloth, or a thin tea towel, and squeeze out the milk like this:
You’ll end up with some dried bits of nut in your cloth, and lovely almond milk in your dish.
Then you can bottle it and put it in your fridge. You could add a bit of agave syrup, or something similar if you wanted to sweeten it up.
And then make some nice coffee
With the dried bits, you can either find a yummy culinary use for them (it tastes good in flapjacks) or you can find some lovely ladies who might appreciate it.
I just came across Trash Backwards, a very interesting blog with suggestions for reducing your junk, with a focus on re-using every day items.
The thing that lead me there was the search for a dental floss alternative – I’m a bit of a dental floss addict and am worrying about how to find a package free alternative. Unfortunately this excellent stuff comes encased in a little but sturdy plastic case… I seem to have accumulated a small collection. If only they were like sewing machine spools that could be re-threaded from a monster size one that would last you a year 🙂 I guess something like this must happen in the factories that produce them.
Various alternatives have come to mind, including celery strings, but I fear they won’t be up to the job! My search brought me to Trash Backward’s Zero bathroom waste article, which suggests a range of products from ‘The natural dentist’, including wooden picks in a card package.
They sound good but we are trying to avoid card packaging as well as plastic. One of the comments to the article (from user ‘Mind Bird’, thanks) suggests using quilting thread, which oddly enough I happen to have around.