Food & Drink

Top three plastic-free snacks

Hands up if you’ve been snacking WAY more in lockdown? Me too. Sometimes when you’re stuck at home, and fancy a little pick-me-up, you just need something that’s quick, delicious, fuss-free and comes in a packet. The same goes for when you’re out and about (remember those days?).

But it’s a minefield out there trying to find genuine eco-friendly options that’ll satisfy the sweetest or most savoury tooth. Or both, if you’re anything like me. So today I wanted to share with you three of my top go-to greener snacks. All from brands who give a damn.

Next question!  Are you a crisp-monster? Don’t you just love the satisfying crunch? With home-working, my crisp habit has scaled new heights. But, as I’ve flagged on the blog before, pretty much all crisp bags aren’t mainstream recyclable because they’re made of composite plastic and foil. Although TerraCycle is helping here, there must be some alternatives that’ll leave no plastic trace.

If you live in the UK, the search is now over thanks to Two Farmers crisps. It won’t surprise you to learn that this was founded by and is run by two farmers: Sean and Mark from Herefordshire. Using renewable energy, they grow the potatoes on their own farms. Then they harvest, store and hand-cook them in small batches to create the crisps. 

Impressively, Two Farmers was the first UK crisp brand to use 100% fully compostable bags. These are made from cellulose and sustainably grown eucalyptus trees from managed plantations. They’re printed with biodegradable ink and break down in 26 weeks in home composting. Take that Walkers!

The crisps themselves taste great and have that all-important crunch. There’s four flavours:

Lightly Salted
Hereford Bullshot (had to be careful with my spell-check there!)
Hop Cheese and Onion
Salt and Cider Vinegar

All come in 40g and 150g bags and if you’re mega keen (or, ahem, having a party), a 500g metal tin.

But if you’re bored of crisps or after something a bit different to tickle your eco-snack fancy, then roasted pulses are a great alternative. Especially, Pulsítos roasted fava beans.

Pulsítos was founded and is run by London-based husband and wife team Laura and Sean. They were inspired from their time living in Barcelona to create healthier, environmentally friendly snacks.

Packed full of fibre, you can get Pulsítos in 30g bags and three flavours: lightly salted, sweet chilli and Mediterranean herbs. I’ve only tried lightly salted and Mediterranean herbs but both are delicious. Like Two Farmers, Pulsítos bags are plastic-free and fully compostable. Yay!

Pulsítos also gives to Trees for Cities, a great charity I mentioned in a previous post. So you can be sure your snack habit is contributing to a good cause.

Moving on to the sweet stuff now – one of my favourite options is Stoats oat bars. My husband started taking these to work at the end of last year and I couldn’t resist trying them out. All in the name of research, of course.

Based in Edinburgh, Stoats was started in 2007 by two friends called Tony and Bob. Its oat bars come in 11 varieties. All palm-oil free. My favourite is apple and cinnamon. Like a lovely, comforting apple pie – it’s a great answer to a sweet craving. Stoats also does a few vegan varieties which I’m going to try next

Not only are the bars delicious but Stoats has it nailed on the packaging front too. The packets are made of NatureFlex firm which is fully compostable. And the multi-packs come in cardboard boxes. Stoats also recycles 94% of its bakery and production waste.

I also love the fact that all staff, including the bakers and production team members at Stoats have their photos and names on the website. It makes the brand feel more personal and authentic.

Stoats also offers a subscription option where you can get a much greater range of flavours than stocked in the shops. And that way you can also try some of the limited edition flavours. This month’s is caramel and pretzel which sounds yum! And a subscription is definitely a great sustainable and ethical gift idea for any (e)co-snackers in your life.

Stoats also gives to charities-every four months it lists out four charities on its website which have been nominated by customers and then Stoats donates £1,000 to those in proportion to online votes. I love this! You can nominate a charity here.

So there you have it, three eco-friendly, plastic-free snack options that should hit the spot whether you’re craving sweet or savoury. Please do check them out. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. And also let me know if you have any other go-to greener snacks that are top of your list.

Two Farmers: 40g bag, £1.08 from Peace with the Wild or £25.99 direct for a box of 24 or £15,00 for a 500g tin, Pulsítos: £6.00 for 5 or £4.00 for 3 online, Stoats, £2.49 for a box of 4 50g bars, Waitrose, Tesco and other supermarkets and also online (including box subscriptions, from £7.99 per month for 10 bars).

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