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Reducing waste by reducing packaging

It’s a Single Serve Life – Gummy Edition

Companies are always coming up with new products to make our lives simpler. Most of the time the products do nothing but take more money out of our wallets and add extra packaging. It’s a single serve life for sure!

We could just take a few minutes of our time to portion out servings into reusable containers. It would make a huge difference. For small snacks like grapes, gummies or goldfish we usually use tiny Rubbermaid containers.

Fruit gummies are a regular treat in our house. There are better versions of this treat including a type from Sun-Rype that is made from 100% fruit. The kids really like them too.http://www.sunrype.com/viewproduct.php?variety=106I even found real fruit juice gummy bears in the bulk aisle. But the demand in our house is for Real Fruit Gummies http://www.canadianfavourites.com/Dare_Real_Fruit_Gummies_p/dare001.htm. What I’m really bothered by is the fact that the more pre-portioned our food is the more packaging our food is coming in. Also the added cost gets my goat! So I bought the regular sized bag and the pre-portioned snack sizes to make an intelligent choice.

The single serve gummies contain 72 gummies – 6 packs, 12 per pack. They also come with a cardboard box and six little plastic packages that need to be recycled. 45 cents per gummy or 0.0219 cents per gram.

The large pack only has one plastic bag and works out to 83 gummies, 50 cents each and 0.0125 cents a gram.

The real eye-opener for me was the side by side comparison. The mini gummies were indeed mini. So my opinion is it’s really worth it to take the time and portion out your own gummies. Just remember to recycle the bag after! If you want to be even better buy them in the Costco size or in the bulk section (if you don’t mind the bear shape).

Have a great day!



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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