I have started an awesome collaboration with Tetra Pak’s Tetra Recart, who makes a carton-based food packaging alternative to cans and glass. The reason why I call this an awesome collaboration is beacuse I myself, as you may already know, care a lot about sustainability and recycability. It’s super important for me that the food I buy is in a safe and sustainable packaging with a low environmental impact. And this is where Tetra Recart and I match.
Why use carton for food packaging?
I had the opportunity to meet Tetra Recart at the Food Tech Conference, Anuga, in Cologne last week. It was great to really get to know the company and the benefits of using carton as an alternative to for example cans. Long before this collaboration, I’ve always chosen carton over cans. Mostly because of the risk of Bisphenol A in cans that are linked to hormonal or cancer diseases. And I don’t want that in my kitchen cabinets, especially not as a mother to a little boy.
The environmental benefits of carton food packaging
But I actually wasn’t that aware of all the environmental benefits that are gained, when you start choosing carton over cans or glass. Tetra Recart cartons do have a lower environmental impact than cans and glass. They are mainly made with renewable materials for example wood fibres from certified woods. Plus they are recycable, which is super important to me! Reusing the materials in new products is really what it’s all about, right?!
Lower carbon emission
Yeah and I almost forgot. Because the Tetra Recart cartons are so compact in size, you can fit more cartons into a truck than cans, which in the long run lowers the carbon emission. I know that’s a lot of information and maybe not something you think about every time you’re standing in the supermarket, but it is important. And to me it’s especially the thing about recycability that matters, because it really makes no sense to choose a packaging that is not recycable. Think about the plastic bags and cans you see out in the nature, it doesn’t do any good, does it?!
Well, that was a long speech. As you can see in the video above, I was actually invited to cook with Tetra Recarts products in great company with their own chef and English food blogger Warren Nash. I really had the best day! Love it when I get to work with companies that really have some great values. Companies that literally wants to change something to the better.
Whenever I make collaborations with companies, it’s so important to me that I can relate to the company’s values and of course like their products. Sustainability plays a huge role in my everyday life. I want products that have a low impact on nature. I want healthy products without chemicals and pesticides. That’s why I’m a huge avocate for organic food and my son for eaxample goes to a daycare, where they serve 100 % organic food.
Cooking vegan food
At the Anuga FoodTec, we cooked a lovely vegan dish, which was fried mixed beans and quinoa from a carton. Then we added lots of herbs, made a brilliant almond cream and topped with fresh sprouts. Rolled it in a tortilla and served. It was really, really good! And right down my alley since I have a lot of vegan and vegetarian recipes here on the blog!