A few weeks ago I spent some time staying with a friend who was a subscriber to a weekly delivery. The box contained amazing innovative recipes, and the exact ingredients needed to cook them. Including spices, vegetables, meat, etc. Everything. From a convenience point of view, I thought this was fantastic. Especially for busy people who don't have the time to keep coming up with fresh original ideas.
I have to say, the meals I had were certainly scrumptious, and in combinations I hadn't tried before.
There was just the right quantity of everything... no waste, no hassle, no missing ingredients.
But... there was thing that bugged me. The packaging. Or more specifically, the amount of packaging.
The problem was that each "teaspoon" of spice came in a little plastic sealed pot. And the mint was in a plastic bag. And so on.
The price of convenience?
So...is this the price of convenience? Packaging for each teaspoon of spice or 10g of herbs? The big companies would have us believe that this is the cost of convenience. I believe we don't have to compromise the earth (or our health) to have quick easy-to prepare meals.
I'm no environmental fanatic.
You'd never describe me as a "crazy environmentalist". But I have no desire to add to the burden we are putting on our environment with the excessive use of plastic, and chopping down of trees. So, as much for my own conscience as anything, I wanted to offer a product that's convenient but still have environmental responsibility.
Recycled / recyclable / compostable / biodegradable
So... the packaging for all spice mixes and curry kits in the Kiran's range is made from recycled card. And the bag inside (containing the spice blend) is not plastic - it's made from corn starch, which makes it 100% compostable / biodegradable.
The packaging used for mailing is made from card, so it's recyclable.