Ex­cess plas­tic in My Food Bag

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RACHEL CLAY­TON

Food de­liv­ery com­pany My Food Bag has been crit­i­cised for us­ing too much plas­tic pack­ag­ing.

Con­scious Con­sumers chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Gleis­ner said he would switch his sub­scrip­tion from weekly to fort­nightly be­cause of the num­ber of plas­tic con­tain­ers the food came in.

But My Food Bag said it was al­ready mak­ing changes in re­sponse to grow­ing con­sumer aware­ness of pack­ag­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Gleis­ner wrote on My Food Bag’s Face­book page on Sun­day: ‘‘We’ve de­cided to move to fort­nightly rather than weekly with you. Great ser­vice but too many con­tain­ers!!’’

He did not want to com­ment on the post as he was work­ing with My Food Bag to change its pack­ag­ing prac­tices.

Dana Carter, from Welling­ton used My Food Bag for six months and had thought about start­ing the ser­vice again, but was con­cerned about the ex­ces­sive plas­tic pack­ag­ing.

‘‘We were a bit un­com­fort­able about the amount of pack­ag­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I do know they do what they can to put things in pa­per, but com­pared to a nor­mal shop there’s a lot of lit­tle pot­tles and plas­tic con­tain­ers. You can re­use it and re­cy­cle it, but my first port of call would be to not have the plas­tic to start with.’’

Some cus­tomers were dis­mayed to find out the chill­tain­ers, which were col­lected by couri­ers the fol­low­ing de­liv­ery, were not reused.

The chill­tain­ers were 95 to 97 per cent re­cy­clable in kerb­side re­cy­cling and were made from 97 per cent sus­tain­able pa­per, ac­cord­ing to My Food Bag.

The ice packs used were not re­cy­clable but Robin­son said My Food Bag was test­ing fresh wa­ter and salt wa­ter al­ter­na­tives in re­cy­clable or biodegrad­able pack­ag­ing.

‘‘Th­ese will be in­tro­duced across all of our prod­ucts in ap­prox­i­mately four months,’’ she said.

My Food Bag’s new meal kits, Fresh Start, al­ready came in fully re­cy­clable kerb­side boxes and Wool­cool pack­ag­ing, which is made of at least 25 per cent New Zealand wool that was re­cy­clable and com­postable.

Robin­son said the pack­ag­ing would be rolled out in Oc­to­ber.

My Food Bag was founded in 2012 and de­liv­ers in­gre­di­ents and recipes to cus­tomers.

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