Top 5 most ethical recipe boxes delivered to your door.

Top 5 most ethical recipe boxes.

Getting food delivered directly to your door is a growing trend. It used to be home deliveries of supermarket staples from the likes of Ocado and Tesco. However more recently there has been a growing trend for the delivery of high quality, single meal boxes from the likes of Hellofresh and Boxfresh. Now countless others have joined the throng, but how ecofriendly are these boxes? There’s a reasonably large carbon footprint to send single meals by courier and some boxes come with lots of individually plastic-wrapped ingredients. However, I believe there are some good ones out there.

Top 5 ethical recipe boxes

 

Below are my top 5 most ethical recipe boxes.

Riverford provides a wide variety of meals from vegan and vegetarian to meals with ethically sourced line-caught fish. their own ethical statement is “To give a fair deal to farmers, customers, staff and the environment”. The majority of their produce is homegrown in the UK. However, as they point out it can be more environmentally friendly to use trucked in Spanish tomatoes than UK tomatoes that have to be grown under glass with heat and lamps. They are always mindful of the environmental impact. Their packaging policy is to be as environmentally friendly as well. Their main boxes are designed to be used up to 10 times and customers are asked to return it to the company with their next delivery. the rest of the packaging is designed to be as recyclable as possible.

Abel and Cole have been providing Fruit and Veg boxes for over 30 years. More recently they have branched out into recipe boxes. The good points are that 100% of ingredients used are either organic or wild. The majority of packaging is locally recyclable, however, if your local council doesn’t accept certain packaging for recycling you can return it with your next delivery and the Abel and Cole team will recycle for you. One issue that vegans might have is that they use a wool product to insulate and regulate the temperature within the boxes.

Mindful chef, established in 2015 is very similar in its ethical stance as the first two companies with regards, to organic, natural food and it’s welfare standards. Mindful Chefs packaging policy is also very similar. Where it does stand out is in it’s “One feeds two” program. With this program, they provide one free school meal to some of the poorest children in the world. So by buying a recipe box from Mindful Chef, you are also, in essence, making a charity donation.

Fish for Thought does what it says on the tin. It delivers ethically sourced fresh fish directly to your door. They are the only Online Seafood business with Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC). They also have fully recyclable packaging and support various sustainability programs.

Little Cooks Co is a recipe box company that specializes in kits to help get children cooking and eating organic, healthy, nutritional food. The kits are aimed at children from 3 to 10 years old. They don’t include refined flours or sugars in the kits and the packaging is 100% recyclable. However perhaps the most ethical part of the company is its support of magic breakfast, this charity provides breakfast to some of the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable children. For each kit sold Little Cooks will provide breakfast for one child.

As you can see amongst the plethora and evergrowing companies that supply recipe boxes and food direct to your home there are some gems that are trying to do this in an ethical way. You have seen my top 5 most ethical recipe boxes and I would appreciate any I might have missed in the comment section.


 

The Organic Natural Paint Company

The Organic Natural Paint Company is a supplier of natural and organic paints.

organic natural paint company

Apart from being better for the environment than the majority of chemically created paints, natural and organic paints also have other benefits. There is a health benefit to using natural non-toxic paints as opposed to chemically created mass market paints.

Vegan

In addition to organic and natural paints the company also has a range of vegan paints that allow vegans to paint their homes without compromising their vegan values.

In conclusion this company can provide you paint that not only is better for the environment, but also provides better air quality within your home. They believe that this can aid people who have breathing issues like asthma as it reduces the leaching of chemicals into the air.

So if you’re thinking of embarking on a painting project be it walls, ceilings or wooden furniture and fixings it is definitely worth checking out The Organic Natural Paint Company   to see if they have the paint that you need.

Vegetarian Shoes; footwear that is vegan friendly

Do shoes and boots have to be made out of leather to be durable and stylish? Vegetarian Shoes beg to differ they have an extensive range of footwear. Encompassing sandals, trainers, shoes, boots and more Vegetarian Shoes are both cruelty free and vegan.

vegetarian shoes

Although called Vegetarian Shoes the companies products are in fact vegan friendly. The reason they are not called Vegan Shoes is that 28 years ago, when the company was established, vegan wasn’t in the mainstream and the market understood the concept of Vegetarian Shoes much better.

To view their extensive range you can visit their site at Vegetarian Shoes.

Skinny Tan: A vegan friendly cruelty free tanning Brand.

Skinny Tan

Skinny Tan is a fast growing Self Tanning brand that is cruelty free and Vegan and is also as natural as possible. They have a wide variety of products from Serums and Sprays to lotions and mousses so there is bound to be one to suit you.

However perhaps their most innovative product is their new Protect and Glow range. This is a SPF30 and SPF50 range of suntan lotions that include a gradual tanner. So as you Protect your skin from the damaging effect of the sun you’re also slowly building a colour so that it looks like you have been sunbathing. In essence it’s all the colour benefits of sunbathing, but without the harmful effects. This product range is currently only available on the the Skinny Tan website at Skinny Tan suncare.  Hopefully this range will also be available in stores in time for next summer.

Why call it Skinny Tan?

The term Skinny does not refer to Skinny in terms of body shape, but to the fact it’s as natural as possible.

The founder wanted the ‘Skinny’ in Skinny tan to be represented by a skin kind ‘skinny’ ingredients list with, as far as possible, more naturally derived ingredients, with some Skinny Tan products being made from as much as 99% naturally derived ingredients.

There was no question that Skinny Tan would have to be paraben-free, sulfate-free not tested on animals and suitable for vegans.

In addition they are currently working on making their packaging recyclable and eco friendly so hopefully we can update on this in the near future.

 

For more information check out their website http://www.skinnytan.co.uk.

You can also buy them at Boots, Superdrug, Amazon and others.