A collection of our thoughts, sharing inspiring refill, reuse, retail & sustainability culture from around the world


When Wholefoods moved to Detroit…

I read this fascinating article about what happened when Wholefoods moved into Detroit.

It’s well worth a read as it brings together all the issues we care about here at Unpackaged – food supply, price, health, the growing gap between rich and poor and what that means for the food choices you have, the subsidies big businesses get from the government to open stores, gentrification, why good food costs more

I won’t give you my cod analysis – it’s all in here, read the full article: http://thefern.org/2014/11/whole-foods-comes-to-detroit/

America’s Shrinking Farms – A great little documentary!

I should probably learn how to write jazzier blog titles but this documentary is fantastic – 18 minutes of innovation and solutions to the problems we face.

At the start when an academic reminds us that “the Human species needs the size of South America to raise its food” you remember the scale of the problem…

As Roy Choi says – you’ve gotta fight that shit man.

Watch it here: https://collectively.org/en/video/americas-shrinking-farms-food-documentary/

(Tweet them @_collectively and be part of the food revolution! http://bit.ly/1Gw8W61)

Sit up, take a deep breath and do something…

Popping Marvellous

One of the problems of the zero waste lifestyle comes when you’ve had a hard day at work, you’ve collapsed in front of the (I’d love to say something high brow…) telly, and you just want a little snack.

You’re options are – go to the shop and buy something horrid, packaged and full of delicious yet horrible processed ingredients. Or you go to the health food shop and get something made of lovely ingredients but still packaged. Or you sit there feeling guilty that you really should hand make from scratch your own biscuits/ cake/ snack but its 9pm on a Wednesday and you’re too tired to stand up, but oh the packaging, oh the guilt of it all.

In these moments we reach for our trusty jar of popcorn (refilled at Unpackaged Planet Organic of course). It’s cheap as chips, sooo quick to make and easy to adulterate with all sorts of things from your cupboard to cheer you up.

You could pretty much combine any of the following and still get something good – cocoa powder, butter, sea salt, coconut oil, cinnamon, lime, chilli…

And if you want to get super fancy, feast your eyes on the popcorn page of one of our favourite websites Tastespotting and see what amazing recipes people have posted.



Chia Goodness – Why this little grain packs a mighty punch!

Starting our series of focusing on all the amazing Unpackaged products we sell – this week, chia seeds!

Chia is a tasteless, gluten-free seed native to central and southern America where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years and known for its medicinal uses. It gained popularity in recent years as a new superfood, but knowing what to do with it and why we should be eating it is less clear.

Don’t be fooled by its size, because this tiny seed is highly nutritious. It is a complete protein, contains good amounts of the omega 3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), soluble fibre, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus and manganese.

Read the full blog here: http://www.planetorganic.com/all-about-chia-seeds/

And look out for their amazing Red Raspberry Chia Fresca recipe at the bottom of the blog.

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