Why We Chose The Light My Fire Mealkit BIO: Versatile, portable, sustainable
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Plastic has become a dirty word. Despite being heralded as the material of the future in the early part of the twentieth century, it is now vilified as a global scourge, polluter of the earth and oceans. But as Scandinavian brand Light My Fire points out, it is more complicated than that. After all, a lot of confusion still abounds about plastic and its constituent materials.
Many brands have recently turned to biodegradable plastics for their products, which are compostable and therefore break down naturally in the environment. Sounds great, right? Well, yes, and in some cases they are, but unfortunately some biodegradable plastics are still derived from fossil fuels, namely crude oil, and they can also only be composted in specialist industrial facilities. If they end up in normal landfill sites, or even if you put them in your garden compost bin, they could still take centuries to break down, and as such these plastics still carry negative environmental impacts.
That’s why Light My Fire have turned to biobased plastics for products like their Mealkit. The parts are formed from organic materials – for example, the spork is made from GMO-free corn based bioplastics, the cup is made from certified sugarcane based bioplastic, and the other bits are made from bioplastics derived from certified sugarcane and wood fibre. The biomass content in the plastic is completely carbon neutral. It’s a greener solution to the plastic problem.
It has also resulted in a handy all-in-one meal kit that packs away neatly, with typically thoughtful and well-engineered Scandinavian precision. The multi-purpose kit includes a lid/plate, a bowl, two waterproof storage boxes with tightly-fitting lids, a cup, a cutting board/strainer and the ubiquitous outdoors utensil that is the mighty Spork. All the vessels have graduated lines to help when measuring out ingredients. It comes with a little strap to hold everything together and stop it rattling around in your rucksack, and a bag to carry it all in. Basically, when combined with a stove and a pot it would be all you needed for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the great outdoors. All components are dishwasher and microwave safe, and the biobased plastics are 100% BPA-free too.