Let your vegetables loose – say no to plastic packaging

Abi Cox baking away,  reducing food waste across South Yorkshire
Abi Cox
27 Dec 2019

If you think that you may be using too much plastic, there’s a good chance a large percentage of it comes from your weekly shop. Whilst supermarkets are making an effort to reduce plastic waste, experts believe that supermarkets still create around 800,000 tonnes of plastic each year.

Loose fruit and vegetables at a food market

There are various steps that we can all take to reduce plastic waste whilst doing our food shop.

 

We have put together a few hints and tips to help;

 

Reusable Shopping bags

 

We all have the best intentions of reusing our bags for life, but how many times have you arrived at the supermarket and parked up only to realise that you’ve come with everything and anything but the bags?

 

Trolley bags are becoming increasingly popular, you can fit around four in a trolley which is great for separating vegetables, meat/fish and frozen food.

 

Loose fruit and vegetables

 

Instead of buying prepacked produce, why not reach for the loose fruit and vegetables? That way you can choose your own produce. Consider putting your produce in a basket inside your trolley, this will stop the produce from moving around and becoming damaged.

 

Reusable vegetable bags

 

Reusable vegetable bags are a great way of reducing plastic waste and separating them from the rest of our shopping, they are available in a range of styles and colours.

 

Bring your own containers

 

You’ll have to check with your local supermarket or market stall, but most allow us to take and use our own containers when buying meat or fish – just make sure that they are clean and dry.

 

Do you have any tips or tricks for reducing plastic waste? We’d love to hear from you, get in touch using the links below by tagging us or using #SYrecycles

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