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How to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption When Food Shopping?
Plastic pollution is a seismic challenge in today’s world. We all know it. We have done for quite a while. Many of us also want to reverse this trend. Yet at times the prospect of reducing our plastic footprint can feel hopeless, especially given the volume of plastic which engulfs products at supermarkets. It goes without saying that if you can go to a sustainable nearby green grocers to reduce your plastic consumption, do it! However, if like many people you rely on supermarkets for your food shopping, fortunately there are some simple and practical steps you can make if you want to walk out at the end of your food shopping trip a little lighter in plastic products: Never use plastic bags on offer to pack your shopping! It may seem tempting, however convenient it is, to pick up carrier bags to pack your food shopping after you have reached the till. However, these accumulate and before you know it, you have an innumerable stack of them at home. These often then get thrown away. Much better to bring along with you re-usable bags or ‘bags for life’ which are not only stronger and more resilient, but can be used as many times as they will allow. Now you have reduced your single-use plastic consumption before even stepping inside the supermarket! Pick up fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging. It may seem obvious to say, but pick up as much fruit and as many vegetables as you can that are not engulfed in plastic packaging. We have grown accustomed to see fruit and veg wrapped in obscene amounts of plastic but do what you can to avoid picking these up. Bananas often come without plastic. As do peppers, courgettes and onions, among other vegetables. Fruit and veg plastic packaging can rarely be recycled. Then, pack your items in paper bags where these might be available or bring your own containers or re-usable bags to transport them. Pick up canned goods in cardboard or individually. Sadly, in a huge number of supermarkets, many canned goods, such as multiple soups and various other tins, are encased in plastic that cannot be easily recycled. Avoid these as much as you can. Often, there will be brands of grouped goods in cardboard not far away. Look out next time you want to buy some tuna or sardines, and you will likely see that some are wrapped in unrecyclable plastic and others in cardboard. You know the ones to choose! Avoid alcohol bundled together with plastic. It is not always immediately clear, but many alcohol products contain plastic to group them together. For example, with beers, often you will see four branded beers clumped together by a plastic ring. And yet many other brands package their beers with cardboard which can be far more easily recycled. Look out for these and try to avoid those assembled with plastic. Reduce your ready meals! Ready meals may be considered extremely convenient, but they are invariably packaged in excessive amounts of plastic. The microwaveable containers are not always recyclable while their plastic lids are rarely so. Much better to craft yourself a homemade meal with as many ingredients packaged without plastic as possible which will not only be heartier and tastier but significantly less damaging for the environment! So there you go. Some simple strategies to reduce your plastic consumption when out food shopping. Give them a go and see how much you can reduce the plastic you come home with!
Nelson Walker
July 5th • 3 min read

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July 5th • 3 min read
How to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption When Food Shopping?
Plastic pollution is a seismic challenge in today’s world. We all know it. We have done for quite a while. Many of us also want to reverse this trend. Yet at times the prospect of reducing our plastic footprint can feel hopeless, especially given the volume of plastic which engulfs products at supermarkets. It goes without saying that if you can go to a sustainable nearby green grocers to reduce your plastic consumption, do it! However, if like many people you rely on supermarkets for your food shopping, fortunately there are some simple and practical steps you can make if you want to walk out at the end of your food shopping trip a little lighter in plastic products: Never use plastic bags on offer to pack your shopping! It may seem tempting, however convenient it is, to pick up carrier bags to pack your food shopping after you have reached the till. However, these accumulate and before you know it, you have an innumerable stack of them at home. These often then get thrown away. Much better to bring along with you re-usable bags or ‘bags for life’ which are not only stronger and more resilient, but can be used as many times as they will allow. Now you have reduced your single-use plastic consumption before even stepping inside the supermarket! Pick up fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging. It may seem obvious to say, but pick up as much fruit and as many vegetables as you can that are not engulfed in plastic packaging. We have grown accustomed to see fruit and veg wrapped in obscene amounts of plastic but do what you can to avoid picking these up. Bananas often come without plastic. As do peppers, courgettes and onions, among other vegetables. Fruit and veg plastic packaging can rarely be recycled. Then, pack your items in paper bags where these might be available or bring your own containers or re-usable bags to transport them. Pick up canned goods in cardboard or individually. Sadly, in a huge number of supermarkets, many canned goods, such as multiple soups and various other tins, are encased in plastic that cannot be easily recycled. Avoid these as much as you can. Often, there will be brands of grouped goods in cardboard not far away. Look out next time you want to buy some tuna or sardines, and you will likely see that some are wrapped in unrecyclable plastic and others in cardboard. You know the ones to choose! Avoid alcohol bundled together with plastic. It is not always immediately clear, but many alcohol products contain plastic to group them together. For example, with beers, often you will see four branded beers clumped together by a plastic ring. And yet many other brands package their beers with cardboard which can be far more easily recycled. Look out for these and try to avoid those assembled with plastic. Reduce your ready meals! Ready meals may be considered extremely convenient, but they are invariably packaged in excessive amounts of plastic. The microwaveable containers are not always recyclable while their plastic lids are rarely so. Much better to craft yourself a homemade meal with as many ingredients packaged without plastic as possible which will not only be heartier and tastier but significantly less damaging for the environment! So there you go. Some simple strategies to reduce your plastic consumption when out food shopping. Give them a go and see how much you can reduce the plastic you come home with!
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Enactus 2021 Summer Blog