Can you live without plastic – the answer is 100% yes.
There has been a lot of media coverage recently regarding plastic packaging and many stores are now trying to become plastic free. Iceland is leading the way with their pledge to be plastic free by 2023 with their own brands.
If you visit you local supermarket you cannot seem to avoid plastic packaging in all forms from plastic carrier bags to plastic bottles. It is bad for the environment but how can we produce less waste? Can we live without plastic.
Stop buying frozen foods in plastic containers
Yes ready meals are a great staple especially when you get home from work and the last thing you want to do it to make a meal from scratch. But making our own food is not only more healthy but can save you money as well. You will know what ingredients are in the meal and it will be far more nutritious. If you are time poor then plan ahead and batch food up. Why not spend a Sunday afternoon preparing meals for the week. Some of the frozen meals are in cardboard containers but they are still lined with plastic.
Buy milk in glass bottles you can return
There are many local dairies who will now deliver milk in glass containers and the good news is that are you get your deposit back when you return the bottles. At present glass bottles of milk are often in the independent supermarkets rather than the larger chains but I hope this will change soon. Why not consider joining a local dairy who can deliver to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Stop buying bottled water
Why people buy bottled water is a mystery to me when you get good quality water from your tap!
Generally the bottled water we buy is often filled with filtered tap water. It is very costly and is less regulated that normal tap water.
So why not buy a reusable glass bottle or a reusable stainless steel bottle instead.
Bring your own shopping bag
Look around your home – how many plastic carrier bags do you have. If like me I often forget to bring a bag to the local supermarket and end up purchasing a few plastic bags on each visit. I am now determined to stop this.
We are all guilty of this as we often forget to bring our plastic bags with us to the supermarket
A good tip to remember is to keep a reusable carrier by your front door or simply have one or two in your handbag, your pocket or even in the car.
Ask yourself when you are at the supermarket ‘do I really need a bag’ can you not carry the items you have purchased?
Buy your fruit and veg loose
Fruit and veg should not be in plastic packing. Why not visit your local market to get your regular ‘five a day’ plastic free.
By purchasing loose fruit and veg you will be making the most simple way to cut back on plastic waste. The great thing is that you will only be buying the items you actually need so therefore less waste. Do remember to bring your own reusable bags however!
These are just a few basic tips to help and if we all tried to make a small difference then we will save the planet. Did you know that over 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced worldwide annually and that only 10% of that plastic is recyclable. An estimated seven million tons will end up in the sea each year – let us help to reduce that.