You would think that a single-use plastic take-away food container would be the last thing I would post about during Plastic-Free July. Bear with me while I explain.
During the week there was a meeting at work which I was not involved in but this was some of the leftover lunch catering. At the end of the day someone mentioned that if anyone could use the leftovers to please take them. I am one of the last to leave the office so I had quite a pile to take with me. The first stop was to leave a tray of sandwiches and wraps at the park for some of the homeless who are often nearby.
This container had not been opened and contained a mix of pumpkin, onion and baby spinach. It seemed to have a seasoned oil dressing on it.
This morning I decided to make a vegetable curry. The pumpkin chunks had not been peeled so I removed the skin. I know that it is edible, however, I choose not to do so.
I fried a couple of small chillies (diced) and some curry paste, added green beans and capsicum (bell pepper), some coconut cream and finally the pumpkin and spinach.
This was our dinner which I served with some brown rice.
So, I have acquired a plastic container. However, I saved perfectly good food from landfill. The container will be used many times over.
I also salvaged some fruit from the same event. The container on the left is my lunchbox which I filled with fruit that was on skewers (kebab-style) and the other container was provided by the caterers. This is now in my recycling bin.
I put all of the fruit in the blender along with some frozen pineapple, passionfruit and mango from the freezer. This made enough for 4 large semi-frozen fruit smoothies. Here is mine which I had for breakfast.
I could have refused to have anything to do with this excess food because of the plastic waste, however, I chose to take responsibility for it and use the food as well as doing the best I can with the plastic. Much better than it all ending up in landfill. Do you agree?
Brilliant response to the excess food. I’ve done the same many times, except it never occurred to me that I could share some with the homeless. In my defence, few homeless people hang around the university, and the main part of town where they do appear is in the opposite direction to home. But now my eyes are opened to a further option. Thank you.
Yes And as you said plastic containers go into recycling
I think this is fab, inventive and sensible. Bravo x
Well done Fairy!
Good meal planning there! I don’t see a problem in taking that tub home: you used up food that would have been thrown away and you can reuse/recycle the tub 🙂