Plastic waste represents one of the major pollution issues on earth today. Especially marine wildlife suffers from our over-consumption of disposable plastic items and packaging.
Researchers estimate that 90% of seabirds around the world are eating plastic, this number is said to increase to 100% in the next decade. Many animals die dreadfully due to the consequences of plastic ingestion. Sharp plastic parts perforate their guts and young birds small stomachs can’t hold food as they are filled up with plastic pieces.
But also other animals are affected, including humans. The fish on our plates is increasingly contaminated with plastic and it’s uncertain which effect it has on our health. By 2050 it’s said that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Nonetheless, if this shocking figure will turn out to be true or not, we now need to act collectively to reduce the amount of plastic we use and dispose of.
Foodture wants to help Food Citizens to make better food buying decisions and shows you 6 simple ways how you can start reducing plastic waste when grocery shopping. Of course our combined efforts can’t stop here, but if you’re thinking to change your habits and don’t know where to start this can get you going on your Food Citizenship journey.
Short supply chains
When you buy directly from a farmer, be it at a market, through a CSA membership or other scheme you can use your own reusable bags to pick up your produce. As the food is freshly picked there’s no need for harmful plastic packaging. try our map to find a fair food farmer nearby!
Some shops offer now bulk buying options. Check if there’s any nearby. It’s also possible to join a bulk buying club or to set a new one. When buying in bulk from an organic wholesaler the amount of plastic can be reduced. You can buy rice, pasta, beans and other staples you need on a daily basis. Use glass jars at home to store your produce over a long period of time. The jars also look very nice in the kitchen!
Sometimes we don’t have any other choice than to go to the supermarket. In that case you can make smart choices by choosing loose vegetables and fruit. You can bring your own organic cotton bags to weigh and carry small items.
Cardboard vs plastic
Other items may not be available as loose items but if you have the choice opt for the ones packed in cardboard, as you can compost it later on.
Baked goods, snacks
Some items might not be available at all without plastic packaging. In that case it could be good to learn how to make them yourself. Baking bread is a good start, it’s not very difficult, nor time intensive and you’ll taste the difference immediately. You can buy organic flours in bulk to ensure you always have enough at home for your bread supply.
last but not least, cooking your own food from scratch and skipping any processed food is the best thing you can do to reconnect with your food and enhance your health. If cooking for yourself seems like a chore try cooking together with others. There’s nothing better than a homemade meal shared with family or friends.