I knew when I set out shopping this morning that I wouldn’t be able to get the items I wanted in a truly zero-waste friendly way, but I wanted to see what I could get and some ideas to improve. My shop items are below. Just a few essentials for the week, and I was disappointed by how much plastic there is!
(On a side note, the new Columberie Co-Op is great)
I can do better! From now on I’m going to buy my fruit and veggies from the central market (lots of stalls and no pre-packaging) and visit the deli counter to get the meat I need. Unfortunately, Jersey doesn’t recycle Tetra-Pak items like milk cartons (longing for the old glass milk bottles!), so I’m going to see if any of the farm shops sell milk in better containers.
I’m beginning to see the changes to my lifestyle I’m going to have to make in order to achieve my goal, but so far they all look positive. For instance, I eat a LOT of chocolate, most of which comes packaged in single bar plastic wrappers I used to chuck away without much of a thought. This means I’ll need to reduce the chocolate I eat (good for the waistline) or find a better way (making chocolate cookies maybe?).
Another challenge I’ve noticed is my cosmetics. Most of it comes in plastic containers – I wonder if any of it can be sent back to the manufacturer for recycling?
The more I think about it, the more I realise how much needless junk I generate.