If you visit most supermarkets, you’ll see them all boast about how they are ‘going plastic-free’ by a year way into the future. All supermarkets sell their own-brand pastas, as well as other brands. So why don’t they sell these brands all in paper packaging? You’ll have to order online at present unless you find a health store to stock it.
organic pastas in paper packaging
The Yorkshire Pasta Company offers ‘pasta nothing like you find on supermarket shelves’. Made in 2 days (not 2 hours) to allow the flavours to develop, each piece has a rough surface to cling to your sauce, and it’s made with British wheat (92% grown locally). At end of use, just recycle the packaging with your newspapers. Restaurants and hotels can even buy paper sacks of pasta – just like potatoes!
Also look in stores for Mr Organic pasta. Served with their own organic plant-based sauces (many contain protein from tofu or seitan), with some fresh veggies from your garden, this is a completely-balanced and zero waste meal. Mangia!
Look in indie health stores and farm shops for Suma’s organic wheat pastas. Not only are they made from organic wheat (produced by an Italian farming co-operative using renewable energy), but they are also sold in plastic-free paper packaging, even printed with water-based ink and solvent-free heat-sealing laqueurs. There are 8 pastas in the range including:
make your own pasta!
This is the obvious solution. It’s pretty simple if fiddly, but always keep fresh dough away from children and pets as it can expand in the stomach, and may contain other toxic ingredients (garlic, onion etc).
This 4-ingredient homemade pasta recipe (The Banana Diaries) includes a recipe for gluten-free pasta too. Or try making your own gnocchi (Ela Vegan). Italian for ‘knuckles’, this is even quicker to cook.