How do you package oatcakes for delivery so they don't end up all in crumbs? How can you do this with materials sourced locally and without the package itself being wasteful of resources? In 2014 we devised what seemed a cool solution – cleaning and repurposing spent coffee cans – and tested it. We filled the cans with oatcakes and cushioned them with certified organic oatmeal. Then we mailed them to far away places. It worked! (See map below.)
It worked so well we dubbed the invention "KiloCan" and then scrambled to find enough empty coffee cans to fill orders. The answer came from the Halifax Bridge Clubs where daily play consumes quite a bit of coffee, as well as from recycling minded customers and friends. The KiloCan created it's own ecosystem where empty cans come to the bakery and leave packed to the brim with oatcakes and a happy new outer wrapper.
What exactly is in a KiloCan?
“Kilo” in this case is a misnomer actually. By the time a KiloCan makes it to the post office scale it is likely to be ±1750 grams! To achieve the safe transport objective, it's essential that the can is full. No wiggle room. This means we're packing over 72 oatcakes in every can. Sometimes quite a few more. And the packing oatmeal? It's edible of course and you are encouraged to use it in your cooking so there is no waste.
In Halifax $48.
Via Canada Post to anywhere in Canada or the US for $68.
Rest of world please inquire.
To order: email@example.com or call +1 902 444-4218
Jan 22, 2015
packing the oatcakes in oats is simply brilliant - well done
Gordon Stevens @uncommongroup