Plastic and single-use packaging has become almost a necessity for most consumers. When products are wrapped in these crinkly covers we believe we are making a better choice as food is fresher and it lasts longer. With a sell-by date, at least nothing will go off, right? I think that we have been conditioned to this single-use plastic buying way too much. We don’t even notice anymore how much waste we create, and we are not even aware of how a lot of it is not actually recycled, which ends up in landfill all over.
We can stop this by opening ourselves to other options and believes. If you plan what you want to cook during the week, surely you don’t need a sell-by date as its a common sense when we buy fresh fruit and how long it will last. Of course, it is different from ready meals, meat products, dairy etc. Anything that could potentially give you food poisoning should be kept eye on. This is why I think going on more of a plant-based diet is just so much better. It is just much safer, better for the planet, you can control your plastic buying more and you are helping to save the lives of many sentient beings.
Anyways back to the topic, along side local fresh food markets, oriental food shops and farmers markets, in past few years we have seen more and more Zero Waste hops opening all over the world. I have been to 3 different ones, and they are all very local to me luckily.
These shops offer a verity of dry loose goods and some fresh veggies and spices you can put in your container. It is not the cheapest way to shop but it should not break your budget if you are looking into going plastic-free or zero waste.
On a regular shopping trip to a zero-waste shop, I always like supplying myself with the following:
- Cereal, porridge and granola
- Chickpea, beans and lentils
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruits
- Washing up liquid
Other items offered are cutlery and food storage pots, beauty products like soaps, rental floss and cleansers, cleaning liquids and cotton face pads, tea, coffee, sugar, four, milk, fresh cheese, fresh deserts and you can even make your own peanut butter 🙂
I believe that things like flour and sugar or anything packaged in paper is still quiet ok to get from supermarkets to keep the cost low.
Oriental and food markets offer a great quantity of fresh produce for a good price. The only thing you have to look out for is the freshness of the fruit and veg. With no use-by date, you have to judge what will last you longer which just becomes easier the more you do it. Buying your weekly suppliers this way will help you cut down on a lot of single-use plastic that is not recyclable, especially if you bring your own bags.
That’s what a small successful shopping trip normally looks like.