#plasticfreejuly & beyond….. Well, it’s finally official with the single use plastic shopping bag ban now in place nationwide. Here at the Otago Farmers Market we herald the news as it’s something we have been championing for several years now & we applaud you all for helping make this happen.
You can find at the market our UYOC Cup Library, which if you haven’t brought your own clean keep cups or jars for coffees, juices, etc, is available for you to borrow a cup or mug from. Or you can buy your own Otago Farmers Market Keep Cup from us. We have our Bags for Good scheme at the market caravan for you to borrow a bag if you haven’t brought your own then return it clean to the market the next time you visit or alternatively we have good, strong hessian Otago Farmers Market bags for you to purchase at the caravan. Bring your Wax Food Wraps to wrap purchased goodies in or we also have handcrafted ones available at the market caravan. Likewise with Produce Bags which are made from recycled light weight fabrics for $2. Lots of options people!
Helping make a difference to the world by recycling.
Did you know Bay Road & their yummy peanut butter will swap their clean, empty jars back when you re-purchase? Delicious Agreeable Eggs accept their empty, clean cartoons back. The healthy, tasty Wild Dispensary range has a bottle return scheme where $1 per bottle is donated to Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
Holy Cow of course has a jar return for their terrific dairy produce. Likewise Kapowai Brewery has a refilling station for their amazing kombucha specials of the day.
The freshest fish at Harbour Fish are in seal-proof, home compostable bags, did you know that? Anne Robertson Eggs will take returned cartons back. Ettrick Gardens have various options of produce bags for their huge array of awesome vegies. Henry at Whitestone Cheese will kindly use your own containers; Le Crepe will also do the same. Port Larder with all their delicious chutney’s & jellies will accept your jars. All our bakers use paper bags. Ronia & Pippi accept bottles back from their great nut mylks & cold pressed juices. Ben at Brightside Microgreens will take your container to stuff full of green goodness & there are so many other helpful vendors at the market that are happy to accept BYO containers, don’t be afraid to ask!
Hopefully the BYO habits will become the norm to us all very soon, if not already for many of us. This is only the beginning. Wherever you are always look for or ask for produce and food that isn’t pre-packaged , much like most of the deliciously, fresh food at the farmers market. This is really the next big step. We know we still have room for improvement here though and our friendly vendors are strongly encouraged to use sustainable packaging whenever possible. So go forth, shopping sustainably & healthily!