General Article 25 ways to reduce plastic waste

Topic Selected: Waste and Recycling Book Volume: 385

Is it possible to live a plastic free life? Yes. Is it easy to live a plastic free life? No, I don’t think it is, and that’s because plastic is in, or comes as packaging on, so many things. However it is achievable to use less plastic and drastically reduce plastic waste in the home.

How to use less plastic

1. Buy loose fruit and vegetables

If you don’t have a local greengrocer or farmers market then always choose the plastic free option in the supermarket. Of course don’t use the plastic produce bags provided to bag up your loose fruit and vegetables. You can always use the paper bags meant for mushrooms if you haven’t taken your own produce bags or buy yourself some reusable produce bags. I just put the fruit and vegetables loose in my trolley and then use a cloth grocery bag at the till.

2. Always carry a cloth shopping bag

Supermarkets do sell ‘bags for life’ and although they’re stronger and last longer than the old plastic bags they’re often not recyclable. Get yourself a clot...

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