5 Ways To Upcycle Your Gousto Packaging
With environmental issues like plastic pollution and food waste becoming a bigger global problem every year the team at Goutso are working hard to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We’ve always been passionate about reducing food waste with the precisely measured ingredients in our recipe boxes and the majority of our packaging is already fully recyclable. This year we’ve set ourselves the goal of removing 50% of plastic packaging from our boxes by the end of 2019.
But reducing and recycling is only part of the puzzle – reusing is important too. From rocket ships to trinket pots, there is no end to the possibilities of what your Gousto packaging can become once you have unpacked your fresh ingredients and finished your meal. And with so many fun upcycling ideas shared with us every day, we wanted to pass on the inspiration.
There’s more than a couple of ways to give the humble cardboard box and plastic pot a second profession, but here are a few ideas to get you started…
Create A Palace For Your Pet
The most common (and arguably the cutest) upcycle for the Gousto box is the pet house. A great for your furry friends to share the Gousto love. You could even add a lick of paint for a personalised design if your favourite feline or precious pooch prefers the finer things in life. Here are some of our favourite pet dens to spark your creativity…
Although the plastic food packaging can be recycled, it often has another use in it before fulfilling its destiny of ending up in the recycling bin. You’ll find it so easy to give these small plastic pots a function beyond what they were originally meant for, creating items you simply can’t live without, without too much expense, and without too much effort.
The plastic tubs containing sauces like mustards, clotted cream, and tomato paste can be re-used easily as children’s craft accessories. Pour paint, glue or water in them to help with the next big project! Keep a few empty so they can mix their own colours and watch them combine colours to create vibrant purples and murky, puddle water, browns.
Forget expensive gaming consoles, remote control cars and dollhouses, a cardboard box is the ultimate toy. Yes, it’s simple. Yes, it’s plain, but that’s what makes it special. Now, we wouldn’t recommend wrapping an empty box for your daughter on Christmas morning or presenting one to your son on his birthday – we’re not completely crazy. But we are definitely firm believers that the simple joy of letting your childlike imagination run wild and transforming your Gousto box into a robot costume, an aeroplane, or a sailboat with your kids is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon.
Here are a few ideas of how to keep your little ones amused with minimal mess and a whole lot of fun!
Fill a box with donations
Why not put that box to good use and re-fill it with donations for charity? Grab your empty box and pack it high with toys & clothes for your local charity shop or tins & dried staples for the food bank. Not sure what to donate? Try searching here.
Charities can sometimes re-use the boxes for their distribution as well, so your box can live an even longer life before ending up in the recycling bin. Even the royals are doing it!
Thought of an upcycling idea that we haven’t featured? Share your project in the comments or send us a picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @goustocooking. Or if you’re looking for more ideas on how to reduce your plastic use check out our blog on 9 Simple Ways To Reduce Plastic Waste.