About 10 days ago I placed an online order with OzFarmers for some glass jars. They arrived by courier a few days later.
Time to open it up. I was impressed that the box had clearly been reused and was excited to find that the packing was not bubbled plastic or styrofoam beads, but good old newspaper.
The newspaper was shredded quite uniquely but it is a little difficult to see in this photo.
These are 2 Weck glass jars with glass lids. I am quite glad that they were wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure that they arrived safely. We ordered these as GMan needed one for making a sourdough starter. He has been making bread in the breadmaker for many years using bread mix and yeast but has decided to branch out and try sourdough.
Since we were only able to buy these online, it made sense to purchase an additional one so that we would have a spare. I have used reused glass jars for preserving jam, chutney and sauce but recently made the decision to invest in proper canning jars with a two-piece lid.
I bought 12 of each of two sizes – Half pint and Pint jars – for those of us who deal in metric the actual capacity is 250ml and 500ml respectively.
Here is a closer look at the newspaper packaging. There are about 6 layers of newspaper which have clearly been put through some sort of mechanical shredder to make a series of incomplete cuts and then it is spread to make a grille pattern. The newspaper is now in the compost bin and the cardboard box is flattened and will be used as a weed suppressant when we next spread some mulch in the garden.
Sadly, the entire trays were shrink-wrapped in plastic but rather than just ripping it off, I split the corners at one end until I was able to slide the whole wrapper off in one piece.
This is what it looked like.
I sealed the untouched end with an elastic band and this will now be a future rubbish bag for my kitchen bin.
No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to completely eliminate single-use plastic but it is possible to be conscious of your consumption and to think outside the box when it comes to disposing of it.
I am comfortable with accepting what is a relatively low level of plastic packaging to enable me to acquire products which should last a lifetime. By using the jars we bought to prepare more of our own food we will reduce reliance on other food packaging.