How to eat chocolate, sweets and crisps when your bin’s on a Zero Waste diet

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EmmaLouise shared a query I’m sure many of you can relate to.

She is aware her bin is full of biscuit, sweet and crisp wrappers and wants to do something about it.

However, EmmaLouise doesn’t have the time or inclination to bake enough snacks that will satisfy her husband’s and children’s appetites and she has a tiny kitchen; so buying in bulk is an issue.

Here’s a pic of her bin:

emmalouise bin of sweet, chocolate and crisp wrappers

She asked our Facebook Group for help. Here’s what they said:

Erika makes raw energy balls which don’t require cooking. She recommends this recipe from Awesome Green.
She also said “You can get bourbon spread in recyclable jars. Could you get something to dip in that or to spread that on which has recyclable packaging?”

Fatemeh and John suggested making dehydrated fruit to satisfy a sweet craving.

For time poor bakers, Slaine shared this tip: “Have you tried buying your baking ingredients in bulk, and separating them per recipe at the same time you put your groceries away? So you basically make a bunch of pre-measured jars and have them stored and ready to just add your eggs and liquids?

Galya suggested a more community effort. She wrote “I would spread the word between my friends and neighbors that I’d buy from them home-made cookies if they were willing to bake for my family”

Roisin said “Tescos often have a pick and mix for sweets…we bring a lunchbox and measure in the cups provided and then empty into our own box. Toblerone chocolate and Lindt bars are in card and aluminium foil that can be recycled.”

Emily said “Biscuit wrappers can be recycled through Terracycle. Its not zero waste but recycling is better than trashing!”

Anita shared “Definitely have the same issue. We’ve been replacing a lot of snacks with banana smoothies. A little milk, ice cubes from the freezer and a fresh banana. Baking cup cakes is very easy. Find a five minute recipe where you toss everything in a bowl and stir. Sometines I only cook half the batch and put the remaining mix in the fridge and cook the next day so you have fresh warm ones.”

Maja suggested “You can make ‘no bake granola bars’ and then have them in the freezer!”

Claire said “You can buy whole cakes in bakeries or delis perhaps bringing your own box / container?”

What about you – how do you enjoy snacks without putting wrappers in landfill?

zero waste tips for chocolate crisps and sweet wrappers

Rachelle Strauss
Rachelle Strauss
Rachelle Strauss is founder of and Both are leading websites for helping householders reduce landfill waste. Her work has attracted media stories and engagement in documentaries, film and radio both locally and abroad.

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