Five steps to reduce your packaging

In the UK it is estimated that five million tonnes of plastic is used every year, nearly half of which is packaging. That’s enough microplastics to pollute vast areas of ocean and wildlife.


Reducing your packaging is a simple and easy way to care for the planet that can also add real value and enjoyment to your own life. For example, taking the time to find a local market that sells loose produce will not only reduce the plastic and packaging we buy, but more often than not, increase the quality of our produce whilst decreasing the costs and building our food community.

It’s about connecting with our food and products and slowing life down a little so we can enjoy things all the more. The aim of the game is to buy as few packaged products as possible, avoiding non-recyclable packaging whenever we can.

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1. Create your own packaging kit (e.g. bags, jars and tubs).

We all love a takeaway every now and then so make sure you keep the containers and lids to store your leftovers in the fridge and freezer.

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2. Buy loose produce…

…from your local shop or supermarket. It is likely that loose produce will also be seasonal produce, so it’s a win-win!

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3. Buy items with long shelf-life in bulk

This can save money and reduces your packaging.


4. Cook from scratch whenever you can

It doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple meal made with seasonal ingredients where you can control the amount of seasoning, for example, is not only delicious but can even help you relax. It also enables you to portion out any leftovers and freeze.

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5. Double up and make your own convenience foods…

…by batch cooking and freezing dishes. This will save you time and money almost immediately. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying convenience foods when you need or want to.

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