The Wraps, Pockets & Food Covers
These reusable sandwich/snack wraps and pockets, and our new Food Covers, are an environmentally friendly way to wrap up your food that can be used again and again.
Simply place food item (sandwich, sausage roll, carrot sticks, cucumber pieces, raisins, cakes, block of cheese, avocado) on coated side and secure fast with velcro. Food will keep fresh for you to enjoy with the reassurance that you will not be contributing to our ever-increasing landfill with tin foil, clip/zip seal bags or cling film! After use they can be washed by hand or machine in cool water.
These products have been developed in Australia and are ethically manufactured in India. The factory was specifically chosen for its high ethical and environment standards (wages are fair and children are not employed). They are audited annually by Central Excise and hold ISO 9001:2008.
Our aim is to help make a difference in healing our earth, starting with the little things. We hope to make it easy for you to change your lifestyle without too much inconvenience, so you can contribute towards a brighter cleaner and happier earth for generations to come!
About the Fabric
We did not want just any old fabric that is called food safe, or one that at the end of its use cannot break down.
Both the Cotton Canvas and the Polyester material that was used for the older style products is manufactured under strict conditions to ensure that there are no harmful substances present during the process. Our unique and environmentally friendly coating (a thermoplastic polyurethane ) is PVC, phthalate and heavy-metal free. Unlike PUL which is not biodegradable, it naturally decomposes without harm to the environment. It keeps food fresh, is non-toxic, breathable and conforms to FDA standards. Tests conducted by SGS, which evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed textiles intended to come into contact with consumers, are done so to meet those standards of Oeko-Tex 100 standards.
With so many concerns with plastics and their effects on our bodies such as preservatives 320 & 321, 4MyEarth® Fabrics are a great alternative to clip seal bags and plastic wrap. They are lightweight, yet extremely strong and can even be used in the freezer. The products store flat for ease of storage and are hand or machine washable.
About the Doy Products
Doy Bags are a range of bags, purses and accessories made from recycled juice packs – non-biodegradable foil and plastic packaging that would otherwise go into landfill sites and incinerators. The juice packs come in a large number of fruity flavours, which are mixed and matched to create a huge variety of colourful bags. Doy Bags are produced and traded according to Fair Trade principles. Workers receive a fair price for what they produce. It also involves a concern for workers’ rights and the conditions in which they are employed.
Doy Bags are made by a women’s cooperative in the Philippines. The large number of bags and household items that we produce every year prevents vast quantities of juice packs from being burnt, buried or simply littering the streets and waterways. The cooperative has won a number of awards in the Philippines for its concern for the environment and its outstanding contribution to both waste recycling and employment generation. The Cooperative began as an environmental project with the aim of ‘cleaning and greening’ the local neighbourhood. The project was very successful and our mission expanded into developing ‘livelihood opportunities from garbage’ – finding ways of creatively reusing materials that would otherwise go into landfill sites and incinerators.
The cooperative provides employment to over 500 women. Almost all the women are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are their family’s main or only breadwinners, most of the husbands being unable to find work due to the poor economy of the area. The women have an average of 4-6 children, thus working for the cooperative makes a real difference, elevating families from extreme poverty to a decent life. Functioning as a sort of extended family enterprise, the cooperative also employs 11 young men (adult sons of some of the women) as drivers, packers and warehousemen. In addition to receiving a fair and living wage, the cooperative provides safe and hygienic working conditions, reasonable working hours (i.e. no forced overtime) and a weekly ration of five kilos of rice per worker. All workers are encouraged to attend free skills training and personal development seminars. In addition, the cooperative promotes the importance of education for members’ children and provides a scholarship fund to make this possible. No children are permitted to work for the cooperative under any circumstances.
You may never visit the Philippines yourself, but by buying a fairly traded Doy Bag you can be sure that you are helping to improve the lives of these disadvantaged women and their families.
About the Lunch Bags and Storage Bags
These products are bought in from a supplier. They are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles.
About the Water Bottles and Flasks
It takes a 1/4 litre of oil and 7 litres of water to make 1 litre of bottled water and there are enough plastic bottles discarded every year to stretch to the moon and back … 50 times!
Very few plastic bottles are recycled – most end up in landfills taking centuries to decay. Research shows that bottled water isn’t any cleaner, better for you or tastier than tap water.
Using a refillable bottle/flask is carbon neutral after just two refills.