The Last Straw
Plastic straws might soon go the way of the plastic bag, with city-wide bans. Enviro Glass Straw, a company located in Cobble Hill, offers a plastic-free alternative with its handmade 100-per-cent borosilicate glass straws.
Not Your Cup of Tea
Many tea bags contain around 25 per cent plastic and leave behind small fragments of plastic in the soil. Silk Road uses plant fibre for its 100-per-cent compostable tea bags, which are sold in a resealable rice-paper bag.
Be Like An Astronaut
According to the UK Food and Drink Innovation Network, edible packaging — such as a food wrap created from apples, designed for Russian astronauts to limit waste — will help wean consumers worldwide off their plastic habit.
Earlier this year, Starbucks launched a trial in Europe, charging customers an extra six cents for each takeaway cup. Early results are promising, with reusable cup use jumping 150 per cent in participating stores.
This article is from the October/November 2018 issue of Douglas