Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Getting a New Veg Box

One of the things I struggle with as someone with an environmental conscience who travels a lot with work and works a lot of unsociable hours is plastic packaging and food waste. I end up shopping at supermarkets which overpackage their produce a lot more than I'd ideally like to, and although I do my best to try and find the fruit and vegetables which come without a plastic wrapper, it's not always easy or possible to avoid it.

Back in 2013 I posted about a veg box I used to get regularly delivered back when I worked regular hours at the University of Edinburgh. Whilst this was great at the time, once my schedule became more erratic and involved more travelling this stopped working out for me and so I stopped the delivery.

However, recently as looked at me and my partner's calendars for the upcoming months, I realised we're both going to be mostly based at home until January at least, so I decided to give a veg box a try once again. Having looked at the options available, I went with East Coast Organics as they are both local and make it easy to suspend one or more upcoming box deliveries through their website, meaning that when we go away for periods of time we can easily stop the deliveries until we return.

Our first fruit and veg box (£18) arrived yesterday and I was very impressed by the range and quality of the produce it contained:

A veg box full of paper and plastic bags containing fruit and vegetables. You can just see some salad leaves, bananas and mushrooms.
The box as it arrived on our doorstep.

A selection of fruit and vegetables laid out: two bags of leaves, a butternut squash, onions, pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, carrotsm potatoes, mushrooms, apples, pears, oranges, kiwis and bananas.
A veritable rainbow of fresh, local produce!

And because pictures of cats make everything better:

A black cat stands next to a fruit bowl full of bananas, pears, apples, oranges and kiwis.
Mr. Spook poses by the fruit bowl

It's a small start at trying to reduce our plastic waste and food miles. I'll do my best to keep updating this blog as and when I find other useful solutions for those of us with more hectic lives.

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