While we are in a day and age where talk of recycling and reuse is prolific, it is perplexing me to be noticing more and more unnecessary packaging being used in the supermarket produce sections and even in local fruit and vege shops. On the shelves I’m seeing an overuse of packaging including shrink wrapped corns, bananas and beans. All of which I would have thought could be available loose for the picking?
Although a lot of this packaging might be recyclable, it’s obviously much better to try and avoid it where we can. Recycling products still uses up energy, water and other natural resources.
Here are 6 tips on how to avoid falling into the trap of buying unnecessary packaged produce:
- Buy from places where the produce is available loose in bins where you can select the quantity you need.
- Unless you need to, don’t put the items into separate small plastic bags (you are only go to throw these away when you get home anyway).
- Think about the quantity you need and only buy what you need. We are thinking about saving packaging but also top of mind should be food waste.
- Supermarkets often sell things like cut up vegetables (even grated carrot) on trays with shrink wrap, while this might be convenient it really is unnecessary and usually more expensive. Cutting up at home won’t take too much longer and you’ll save the packaging and your wallet.
- Grow your own! Even if you don’t have the room (or the inclination) for a large vege garden, things like herbs are easy to grow and can sit on a windowsill. With spring coming it’s a great time to get your herb garden up and running. With pre-packaged herbs coming in around $3 for a punnet having your own at hand (that you can use as little or as much as you like) will save yourself some money too.
- Consider starting up an edible garden at your work where employees can share the goods out.
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