SHOPPING FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT
Over one third of what we put into our bin is made up of packaging, some of which we can reuse or recycle and some which we have to send to landfill. There are a few good reasons why we should start to think about our shopping habits and try and reduce our packaging:
Time, Money & Petrol
If you don’t buy the packaging in the first place, then you don’t have to reuse, recycle or dispose of it.
The more we waste, the more resources (such as oil, wood, aluminium) that we use up. The less we buy, the longer our resources will last for our future generations and the less environmental damage will be caused by extracting them.
Use our Consumer Power
We all have influence as consumers and should use it. Make the most environmentally friendly choice when buying packaged products.
If it’s not available, ask for it!
|Vegetables/Fruit avoid plastic bags etc.||Loose avoid plastic bags etc.|
|Water (plastic bottles)||Install Water Filter Buy in biggest container possible|
|Fizzy drinks|| Buy aluminium cans and recycle/buy one
|Eggs||Buy Cardboard / Free Range|
|Chicken Breasts/Sausages (In Trays)||Choose a local butcher, avoid trays|
|Dog Food (Tins)||Dry Dog Meal|
|Cat Food||Buy in bulk/dry cat food|
|Bread (Plastic wrap)||Fresh Bread from Baker avoid over packaging|
|Biscuits||Packaged in Cardboard, avoid individually wrapped|
|Crisps||Big packets & split|
|Sweets/Chocolate|| Big bars & split (avoid fun size
with excess packaging)
|Pasta||Packaged in cardboard|
|Pasta sauces||Glass jars|
|Yoghurt||Big pots/in cardboard packaging|
|Microwave dinners|| Cook large meals and freeze leftovers in take-away
|Rice (boil in bag)||Packaged in Cardboard|
|Chips||Buy in bulk|
|Fish (Frozen)||Packaged in Cardboard|
|Butter/Margarine||Buy in Bulk (use containers for freezer storage)|
|Vegetables (Frozen)||Buy in Bulk/Buy Cardboard|
|Cheese||Buy in Bulk - Re-sealable avoid excess packaging|