Whole Kids + Terracycle: Recycling Kids Snack Packaging

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Do you know the Whole Kids brand? We see it most often in our local IGA store.


2018 is our family’s year of reducing our single use plastic waste and ensuring that we recycle 100% of what is possible to recycle. 

And to bring this commitment online too, Hello Sydney Kids is proud to work on a pro bono basis with Terracyle and Whole Kids to promote their innovative recycling program.

Whole Kids is an award-winning Australian family-owned brand making organic snacks for children. It was started by Monica and James Meldrum in 2005.



Terracycle is a charity which works with companies to create recycling programs. In this case Terracycle manages a program to recycle Whole Kids snack pouches and packaging.

This is a simple program to join, here’s a one minute video that explains what happens.



Whole Kids sent us some snacks to try.

kids snack packing recycling

Here’s all the packaging we need to recycle

The kids scoffed the snacks, and we have stored the packaging away. When we have filled a whole box with packaging, we will download an address label and sent it all off to be recycled.

And we can feel great about it!

I already drop Nespresso capsules back to the Nespresso store in Chatswood, and Terracyle manages their recycling. There’s also a program to recycle all brands of toothpaste and toothbrushes – great!


So when planning the kids’ school snacks…. for those days when not everything they eat will be home made…. (a lot of days at our house, I hate to admit), how about giving the Whole Kids range a whirl? Then sign up at Terracycle to recycle all the packaging.

Then sit down and have a cup of tea feeling that, in a small way, you’ve done a good deed for the world.



Whole Kids Snacks Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a Whole Kids prize pack containing Apple Banana and Mango Carrot Frooshies, Rice Crackers, Sea Salt Popcorn, Dinosaur Puffs, Vanilla Cookies and Fruit Bars.

Great way to get set for the new school term!


Giveaway Rules

    • You must be an email subscriber to enter. To subscribe click here.
    • This competition runs from 18th January to 31st January
    • The prizewinner will be emailed and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  The winner’s name will be posted on the Hello Sydney Kids Facebook page.
    • Open only to Australian residents
    • Entry is made by leaving a comment on this blog. Just answer one this question:

How does your family reduce plastic waste?


Good luck!


Thanks Terracycle and Whole Kids, I’m proud to have you as one of the companies I work with pro bono in 2018.



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Posted on: January 19, 2018


  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Sally Kelly

    We have reusable cups for the whole family (even little ones for babycinos!). I also get my nearly 3 year old help me to sort the recycling into the correct bins and just being aware of small ways we can reduce waste and plastic in everyday life. 🙂

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    I’ve not seen this brand, but I will look for them now.

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Maraya bell

    I didn’t know about the recycling! My daughter loves their snacks though. Especially the honey popcorn.

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Jo Deller

    We buy items with the least possible packaging and the little packaging we do get is collected in a bag in my pantry and once a week I drop it into my local Woolworths store where they have a collection bin just for scrunchable plastic. The harder plastic items are diligently reused or recycled via council yellow bins.

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Amelia Starkey

    Lunchboxes are packed with no waste/packaging and all items in the recycling bin are used for ‘craft activities’ for my little aspiring engineers/builders.

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    I have seen this brand but i didn’t know about their awesome recycling initiative. Thank you will look out for them. We are trying to reduce our single use plastics this year too. The whole family have keep cups and use beeswax wraps instead of clingfilm. Next up I need to reduce the recycling on snacks and the plastic when I buy vegetables.

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Mary Preston

    Mostly we don’t buy “glad wrap”. So many great re-usable alternatives. We recycle where we can.

    I love this initiative. I must investigate for us.

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    We have reusable water bottles, KeepCups for coffee/tea, reusable shopping bags… but the biggest change is requesting kid’s presents to be ‘something read, make or grow’ – hopefully over the next few years we can reduce the landfill contributions from old toys!!

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    My daughter started kindergarten last year and I do my best to give her no packaged food in her lunchbox each day… Better for her and better for the Earth! I’ll do the same for my other 2 kids once they start school too!

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Kylie D

    Such a hard one!
    We take our own bags to the supermarket, but when the delivery arrives and I see items packed individually in bags I despair!

    We bought some utterly delightful fabric + beeswax wraps to use in place of cling film. It’s cut our usage dramatically and looks adorable in the fridge and lunchboxes.

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    We reuse lunchbox containers for School, I don’t buy any sandwich bags. I also take reusable shopping bags when I go grocery shopping.

  • Reply January 19, 2018


    We reduce plastic waste by buying healthy foods…. fruit and veg, which has no packaging! And we don’t stick each bunch of bananas in a plastic bag, either!

  • Reply January 20, 2018


    We use reusable lunchboxes and coffee cups. Recycle all plastic bags and bring reusable bags for grocery shopping. We also don’t buy indivi dual yoghurt tubs and pick the larger tubs so that we have to put them in reusable Containers for the kids lunchboxes.

  • Reply January 20, 2018

    Kristy Winters

    we try to buy things that arent prepackaged but we recycle at home and involve the chikdren so they are aware of how much waste we are creating.

  • Reply January 20, 2018

    Melissa Lumb

    We were out and about in the city today with our 2 kids – aged 5 and 3. We couldn’t find any recycling bins, so we brought all our recyclables home with us and put them in our own recycling bin. We watched the ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ over the holidays with our 5 year old, now all 3 of us are recycling obsessed. We all need to do our bit to reduce waste.

  • Reply January 20, 2018

    Karina Lee

    We have started using reusable green bags on our grocery trips – getting ready for the impending removal of all bags from supermarkets!

  • Reply January 21, 2018

    Lauren P

    We shop locally at our local grocer. We don’t use any plastic in the deli or fruit section, and use paper where necessary. Our grocery’s are put in a recycled card-board box.

    We use material bags in our lunch instead of plastic that are washable.

  • Reply January 21, 2018

    Justine Drake

    We refill our water bottles, keep cups for coffee, reusable bags for shopping and just realised coles has a soft plastic recycling collection!!!!

  • Reply January 22, 2018


    We take our own water bottles when we go out and generally don’t buy packaged food for snacks and lunchboxes or buy a large pack of crackers/snacks and divide it up!

  • Reply January 22, 2018

    Di Wappling

    Our family buy snack products in bulk and use lunchboxes with different sections to avoid unnecessary wrapping and packets. We use refillable drink bottles and refillable coffee cups in order to reduce plastic waste ?

  • Reply January 23, 2018

    Janelle Meares

    We use lunchboxes & drink bottles and recycle soft plastics. By doing this, we have cut our rubbish down to 1 bag a week for a family of 5.

  • Reply January 23, 2018

    Annie Niemiec

    Package free lunch boxes, as much fresh foods as we can, re-useable straws for days out, re-useable coffee cups, compost, recycle as much as we can and look for foods without packaging. Never buying bottled water. Only buying as much as we are going to eat.

  • Reply January 28, 2018


    We take our own bags grocery shopping, including little bags for fruit and veg.

  • Reply January 29, 2018

    Skye Danaher

    When we get takeaway like Chinese we take our own plastic containers and when we get drinks like slurpees from & Eleven we take our own cups.

  • Reply January 30, 2018

    nicole larsen

    By only using natural products and things that i bake from home

  • Reply January 30, 2018

    Kelly Ryan

    We use reusable plastic containers and try to avoid plastic wrap and sandwich bags.

  • Reply January 30, 2018


    I try to pack waste free food for the kids school lunches such as fruit and putting their sandwich in a container. We fill up our drink bottles at home and I encourage my kids to be mindful and what the consequences are for the environment.

  • Reply January 31, 2018


    We ball our fruit and veg from the markets so there is no packaging. We also use reusable bags, etc.

  • Reply January 31, 2018

    Louisa Frail

    Less packaging, recycle everything correctly, reusable products as much as we can.

  • Reply January 31, 2018

    Alana Ashford

    Bento Boxes for Lunches for the Whole Family! – One of the things I do is share the Bento Lunch Box Love so my Family have no packaging at all and there is a great assortment of healthy food that everyone loves. I also buy big tubs and packets of everything.

  • Reply January 31, 2018

    Laura Scriven

    We collect all our soft plastics and drop them off at Coles every time we shop. Sadly we accumulate a lot. I wish companies used less to start with!

  • Reply January 31, 2018


    Fueling my family with organic all the way!
    Pesticides! Chemicals! We stay away!
    Our vegies we do sow,
    The kids love to nurture and watch them grow,
    We wash and cleanse with oat meal!
    Leaving our skin a silky smooth feel,
    Our personal ecological footprint we are proud to share and show,
    In return we have a healthy way of life, complimented with a natural glow!!!
    No plastic packaging needed for our home grown veggies nd raw oats!
    Reducing our plastic waste our kiddies love to gloat!

  • Reply January 31, 2018


    Reusable bags at the supermarket,
    re-usable coffee cups are more convenient,
    compost and recycle as much as we can,
    plastic bottles have also been banned!

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