5 simple swaps for your weekly shop
Our super simple swaps series continues with a look in your trolley. We want to help you to ditch the plastic and move towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of life and the minimal waste movement is one way you can get there.
When it comes to shopping, and particularly food and household shopping there are a lot of ways we can end up bringing unnecessary and useless plastic into our lives that instantly ends up in the bin and risks potentially going to the ocean. However this also means there are many ways for us to reduce that plastic waste and so here are the top 5 ways to reduce your waste when it comes to your weekly shop.
1. Bag for life - Lets make this clear from the start, this is your number one and a big, and easy way to reduce your plastic use and waste. Most of us will have bags now, many of you will have several. but if you want to get super efficient with your shop then you need a reusable bag, and it doesn't have to be the 20p plastic ones in the supermarket, they are not bags for life, more like a year or 2 at best, especially if you are always buying a lot of glass jars and cans that make potential tears and rips more likely due to the weight. If you can then opt for the much more durable options or use cotton bags like tote bags or another stronger alternative. You can get yourself a clear ripple projects tote bag over at our online store.
2. Plastic free fruit and veg - many supermarkets are catching on and providing consumers with the choice between plastic wrapped or zero packaging items when it comes to fruit and veg. So bring your own bag and fill it up with bananas, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, peppers and more all completely plastic free. Just don't use the plastic bags sitting beside the lose produce, they are a waste, just take it to the till in your basket or trolley and bag it up after, the people at the checkout don't mind. Another way to reduce your waste is to shop at the local fruit market or find an organic farm or farm shop nearby that sells all their produce loose. that way you can get all of your fruit and veg with almost no plastic involved in the process, and support local businesses along the way.
3. Switch dried foods for cans - If you find yourself buying a lot of dried items like beans, lentils or chickpeas they always come wrapped in plastic. Instead and usually on the same isle you can ind them in cartons or cans. they usually have a similar shelf life and reduce the cooking time significantly a they are ready to eat and just need heating up instead of the hour or more of simmering to be ready to plate up. The cans and cartons are recyclable and while still producing some waste at least it goes to recycling and not landfill.
4. Ditch the bottled water - Stop buying large packets of bottled water, not only is it a waste of money, but also it is a lot of plastic going in your trolley, not just the bottle, but the plastic label and the plastic packaging too. Either drink from the tap or if you don't like the taste or don't trust the water supply to be clean then get yourself a filter, you can get ones that fit to the tap or containers that you fill up. They usually have a good life time of 2-3 months per filter which means only 4-5 filters a year going in the bin as opposed to 100's of bottles.
5. Go for bulk - This last one is not zero waste but it is a great way to reduce your waste, instead of buying 1 small packet every week, go for a larger one that will last 2 or more. This works great with frozen berries or veg and things like pasta or snacks. The larger packet is still waste but because you fit so much more inside you need less outside packaging overall. Its a small step, but it is yet another way to minimize your waste and usually save some money too.
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