Sunday, 25 January 2009

Battle of the yoghurts

A new front has opened in the eco-war: the battle of the yoghurts. In the green corner we have Rachel's Organic low fat 'bio-live', and in the crunch corner we have the... er, Müller crunch corner.

Müller's crunch corners have long been my favourite - at one point I was munching my way through up to sixteen a week. After moving into the flat that was reduced to one a day, but being responsible for taking out the rubbish made me aware of how much waste they produced. Each Müller crunch corner comes in a plastic pot (not currently recyclable according to the council) with a foil lid. Given that I don't need to transport them individually, the obvious solution was to buy yoghurts with multiple servings in a single pot. At this point my infamous fussiness with food came into play. Today, though, I believe I have found the perfect yoghurt.

Rachel's Organic 'luscious low fat bio-live yogurt with vanilla' comes in 450g pots (three servings, and a greater packaging-to-product ratio). The pots still aren't recyclable in our area, but, unlike Müller crunch corner pots, their shape makes the old pots useful as general-purpose containers (the pots are plain white underneath the easily-removed cardboard wrapper). What really makes this the perfect yoghurt are a few addition attributes: its taste, its healthiness (a fraction of the fat and salt contents of the crunch corners, plus there's the whole 'friendly bacteria' thing), and its price - a luxury organic yoghurt costing no more by weight than the Müllers.

Additional information:
Muller crunch corner
Rachel's Organic luscious low fat bio-live yogurt with vanilla


  1. Saf,
    i must take you to task on your projected savings through the use of energy saving lightbulbs.
    Firstly..How much more did the new bulbs cost compared to the "older" versions, as ...and secondly..
    The 134 pounds is mostly created through th 10% and the paperbill opt out and not the saving created through the use of the bulbs.

    The goverments best estimate on total life saving is 60 pounds over the life of a bulb (reducing from 100w to 20w)...and if you break one, you could find the saving used up for mercury removal from your carpet.


  2. I'm afraid I wasn't very clear - the 10% discount effects both the before and after calculations - my point was that our savings would have been even higher (by about 11%) if we hadn't opted for eco-options.

    As it is, we've now changed to a cheaper supplier, so the savings will be scaled back.

    The two energy-saving bulbs cost me £2, but as that was a special offer I based the time-to-pay-for-itself on one costing £2.

    Of course, in a few years' time there'll be practical LED bulbs on the market, and these energy-saving bulbs will then look wasteful.