5 Easy ways to reduce plastic in your food shopping

We don’t need a few people to do Zero Waste perfectly, we need loads of people to do it imperfectly.

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You know what it’s like, you’ve seen the media footage, you don’t want to see suffering animals, find packaging from your purchase ending up in the sea or a landfill site on the other side of the world. You’ve heard of Zero Waste, but think these people must be on a completely different planet to you and in the haze and stress of it all, somehow, you have to work, live and shop somewhere. – Here’s 5 easy hassle free ways you can do just that, as well as feel better that you are helping to reduce the overall consumption of plastic!

#1 Glass bottles and jars & more Glass bottles & jars !

When you start shopping in your supermarket, start thinking in terms of bottles and jars. Most products will also come in a bottle or jar alternative. Tomato ketchup, pasta sauces, mayonnaise, cooking oils. If you swap as many of your products as you can to glass versions, you will stop bringing so much plastic even into the house. Glass is much easier to re-use in the house . For ideas on What can i do with my glass jars? another post I have written click here .

#2 Consider Tinned

If there’s no glass alternative – is there a tin version? We are so used to picking up plastic, sometimes we just don’t think about it. Tin is more Eco-friendly than plastic and ideas of re-use coming soon. I’m now using them in my garden! Also consider tinned for drinks in preference to particularly single use plastic drinks bottles.

#3 Look for Cardboard

Open any freezer at the supermarket and your likely to fill your trolley with a tonne of items in the worst kind of plastic, unlikely to be even recyclable. Some companies are moving to more cardboard packaging, and some don’t have plastic around the items inside either. Frozen is a good way of using items, as you want them and creating less wastage. But it is also worth considering the packaging here.

Same with cleaning and clothes washing items, lookout for cardboard options. You can even totally re-think these items, but more on that in other posts.

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