In these times where we are constantly reminded of the mess we are making of our planet with plastic waste, I’ve thought a lot about the packaging I buy my food in each week and have begun to make buying decisions based on this.
Unless you buy things from bulk shops and take your own containers (probably plastic but at least these are reusable) or indeed stick to fresh produce only, you have to accept that some packaging is necessary. But how much is really needed?
- Why do we need multipack snacks? Why not buy a big bag and apportion out what you want? This is far less packaging and is potentially more economical.
- Did you know that teabags sometimes contain plastic polymers? Why on earth don’t we buy leaf tea and an infuser? Whatever the bags are made of, they are surely a waste of resources.
- Why does cereal (for example) require a box AND a plastic bag? Why can’t they just have the bag? I’d love to see companies being more thoughtful about things like this.
- Can you make it yourself? Do you need to buy a packaged product anyway? Homemade stuff is often nicer…
New Zealand has announced it is banning single use plastic bags (hooray!) but let’s be honest, it isn’t enough. Multi-use plastic bags are little better and even biodegradable bags potentially don’t degrade safely in landfill. Let’s start to be more forceful on single-use waste of all kinds and enact laws/taxes that punish those who knowingly produce these products or put them into the environment.
Anyone got any interesting tips on what they do?