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Excess packaging

While it is not always possible to avoid all packaging all the time, there are plenty of opportunities at the shops where, with a little bit of preparation, you can avoid lots of excess packaging.

Eating fresh produce rather than processed items is an easy way to eat healthier and more sustainably. Remember most fruit and vegetables come in their own packaging, so usually don’t require additional wrapping. For any loose items, why not use lightweight fabric or mesh reusable bags.

Many shops are happy for you to bring your own containers for deli and bulk-purchase items. Buying in bulk usually saves you money too, but remember to only buy what you will actually use before it’s out of date.

When you can’t avoid the packaging completely, try to select products with minimal packaging made from recyclable materials such as:

  • plastic bottles, punnets, containers and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • cardboard sleeves or boxes
  • metal tins and cans

Find out what items are accepted in your kerbside recycling bin.

Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to the shops so you can avoid single use plastic bags. Freezer bags are a great investment for warmer weather so that frozen or chilled items don’t spoil before you get home.