Get naked for the environment
For day 10 of our carbon fast, we’re getting naked.
The suggestion reads “Avoid buying products that have lots of packaging. About a third of the waste we generate is from packaging. Choose loose products and buy refillable containers when possible (food co-ops and health food stores usually offer these options.)”
There are many ways to reduce excess packaging; here are some of the ideas we adopt at Chez Green:
Buy loose fruit and vegetables. We use an organic farm shop and it feels great not only to support a local, independent store, but to be able to buy as little as we need in order to avoid food and packaging waste.
Spend time looking for alternative packaging based on the recycling facilities available to you. For example, Mr Green is partial to a curry. We used to buy them in plastic oven dishes <gasp> which were non recyclable. Even if you want the ‘convenience’ option you could buy curry in a tin, which can be recycled at our kerbside or use a glass jar of curry sauce, which can be reused or recycled.
Of course the healthiest and cheapest option is to make your own from scratch.
Bags and boxes
Take your own reusable bags and boxes to the store. This way you can eliminate the need for disposable plastic carrier bags. For tips on how to remember to take yours to the store with you, see the video we put up this week.
Butchers and deli counters
Whenever we visit our local butcher or deli we take our own reusable boxes. This means we avoid all waste packaging. Our purchases are put into our own containers which can be used time and time again.
Buying in bulk can reduce waste packaging. Here’s an example:
An empty 5 litre Ecover fabric conditioner bottle weighs 145 gms.
The packaging from 1 litre of fabric softener weighs 52gms.
If we were to buy 5 x 1ltr containers, they would weigh 260gms, which means we are reducing our packaging weight by 115gms when choosing the bulk option.
What other tips do you have to help reduce packaging waste?
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