Packaging: No disposables. Endlessly reusable.
Imagine running a small food business and selling about 30 boxes of food daily. If your business is not eco-friendly, you would need 30 boxes, 30 sets of disposable cutleries and 30 plastic bags. This adds up to 90 disposables per day, 2,700 per month, and 33,000 in a year!
Multiply this by the 12,500 F&B set ups in Singapore, and it is more than 400 million.
(source: statista 2018)
Why do so many businesses use disposables?
Profitability, space constraints, ease of handling, time efficiency are just some of the many reasons. Single use packaging has its uses, we need it in the medical industry or for hygiene.
Going the distance for reusables is our personal belief which requires commitment.
It is a big step to make a commitment to use no disposables ( we do use baking paper as inlay for our scone bags for ease of wash, and the baking paper can be reused to warm up the scones in the oven), but an even bigger one to use glassware reusables. We did our research on glass and plastic and our personal conviction is that glass is more environmentally friendly than plastic.
Aren't eco-friendly disposables good enough?
Not for us.
This article, https://www.barepack.co/post/why-eco-friendly-disposables-won-t-save-us, provides a good explanation as to why. Singapore has limited resources for recycling and composting, and as such, many of these eco-friendly disposables are just as bad as plastic ones. However, people think that these disposables do not harm the environment, it encourages a single-use mindset.
Hence, we are extremely committed to only using reusables.
So, why do we use mostly glass?
1. Endlessly recyclable, without loss in quality or purity.
2. Made from readily available materials like sand, soda ash, limestone.
3. Reduces emissions and usage of raw materials – it can be turned into a new recycled glass object at any point.
4. Does not absorb smells or flavours, and it does not excrete any toxic substances into foods or drinks.
5. No wastage of time, effort and water. Glass containers can be stored, frozen, and then heated up in the microwave, oven, toaster or over an electric stove. You cannot do that with plastic.
6. We also hope that the extra effort to use glass instead of plastic reusables show other F&B businesses that it is possible to be 100% eco-friendly.