coronation chickpea sandwich

We’ve had the Coronation now. And whatever your thoughts on the Monarchy, there’s always time for this coronation chickpea sandwich (Cupful of Kale). This is a plant-based version of the sandwich named in honour of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II back in the 1950s. Chickpeas are super-tasty and packed with protein and calcium.

Read up on food safety for people & pets. Never feed stale, mouldy or crusty bread to garden birds or wildfowl, as it can choke or harm. Nor buttered leftovers, as fat smears on feathers, affecting waterproofing/insulation.

Rather than always buy ready-made sandwiches packed in plastic and sold with animal ingredients and palm oil, just buy a reusable sandwich box and make your own. Choose good bread from the indie baker, and fill with palm-oil-free vegan butter then add your choice of fillings.

lightweight stainless steel lunch boxes

Elephant Box makes a wide range of stainless steel lunch boxes alongside matching cups, flasks and other items to take your lunch with you. The durable stainless steel has a unique clip and lock system using a silicone seal, and won’t stain or carry odours and makes it leakproof. With a 15-year guarantee, it’s also dishwasher and oven safe. If using steel straws, avoid use for children, dexterity issues or on the move, as they don’t flex.

The stainless steel flask has an wide mouth (avoid for hot liquids).It holds just over 1-litre and lasts forever, with no paint or plastic in sight. Made from premium 304 grade stainless steel, it carries a 15-year warranty and has a handy carry loop and is leakproof.

a ‘clip & seal’ stainless steel lunchbox

Elephant two-in-one lunch box

This ‘clip & seal’ stainless steel lunchbox is the ideal alternative to warped plastic lunchboxes, which support the oil industry and can taint your food. Also sold alongside a two-in-one lunchbox that has a handy compartment to keep your dressing separate from your salad. Made with a strong silicone seal, the innovative clipping system means that this lunchbox should last forever. The box is made from quality 18/8 stainless steel and sold with a 15-year guarantee. Strong and durable, the lunchbox is resistant to rust and won’t stain or carry odours (unlike plastic). It’s also leakproof. Dishwasher and oven-safe.

Disposable lunch boxes are not just bad for the planet, but work out expensive as they don’t last long, and are difficult to recycle, at end of use. It’s always good to buy plastic-free for your next purchase. This is because plastic is made from oil, and so every step towards avoiding new plastic, helps to reduce the fossil fuel crisis. And this in turn is the most effective way to reduce climate change.

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