Quarto Cooks, Quarto Knows | 28 February 2020ZERO WASTE: NATURAL MATERIALS Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Learn about the waste of Natural Materials from Douglas McMaster, author of Silo: The Zero Waste Blueprint as part of our Read and Go Green campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Find books about the planet, going green, and saving the environment on our landing pages. Receive 30% off + free shipping with offer code EARTHDAY on select kids books at https://quartokno.ws/Kids and Adult titles at https://quartokno.ws/Adult. Active now through April 30th, 2020. Cardboard, paper and napkins come from industrial productions. This is where industrial efficiency is very effective, especially if the production is ecologically positive. It would be delusional to think that all our materials were created from endlessly renewable material sources and powered by green energy. Zero Waste is at its best when trading in reusable vessels. When that’s not possible, for example, getting napkins from a courier, the small amount of excess paper/cardboard packaging that is used can then be composted. This is how ingredients can be delivered: Fruit and vegetables in crates. Dry ingredients, such as wheat, oats, seeds, in bulk paper bags. Milk and cream in stainless steel pails and/or large jerry cans that can be endlessly reused. Wild food gathered in tote bags/baskets. Fish in reusable containers. Meat bought in whole animal form, or halves/quarters, then butchered and smothered in rendered fat. Coffee and tea in an airtight container. Chocolate in big slabs wrapped in brown paper. Botanical drinks, such as kombucha, kefir and ale, in Cornelius kegs. Some special couriers can be used – insist on biodegradable packaging, including latex adhesive tape. Wine in glass bottles. All of the used natural packaging gets composted and used to grow food. Silo $29.99$20.00 Buy in UK / Europe Buy in US / Canada Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.