What can you do to be more eco ?

January 22nd, 2019

Plastic and other artificial materials, flood our planet. Plastic packaging, bags, containers or disposable products have dominated the market. However, you can prevent this and reduce the consumption of this material. It’s enough to change your simple everyday habits. For a start, let’s take a closer look … shopping. Check what you can do to be more eco-friendly while shopping.

Step 1. Take your own bag to shopping.

This is a basic thing – but a thing we often forget.

Step 2. Let go of disposable plastic bags.

You do not need to pack each vegetable into a wrapper. You do not even have to pack a kilo of potatoes into a plastic bag. All you need to do is to take your own, material and paper bags and containers for shopping. You can make them yourself from old clothes or curtains or tablecloths or buy cotton or linen pouches, which are more and more popular on the market. Plastic is not good for the environment, but if you have plastic containers in your home, do not throw them away! Use them when shopping, packing small fruit, cereal or other loose products inside. You can also use cans or jars. The principle “Plastic ? No, thank you” also applies to cosmetics – more and more of them are available in paper or glass packaging. It’s a good direction!

Step 3. Buy products by weight or loose.

Instead of frozen fruit in a plastic bag, buy frozen food by weight. Instead of packaged bread, take bread without packaging or go to the bakery. Instead of a bag of lemons or potatoes, take these products on a scale – usually, each market has a choice of both types of fruit and vegetables.

 Step 4. Buy “lonely bananas”.

“Lonely bananas” are a symbol of products that visually do not meet the requirements of consumers and are rejected by them. Think about bananas that are detached from the momentum, lightly upholstered or too small or too large. Slightly damaged apples, pears, peppers and tomatoes are most suitable for use (of course if they are not rotten). They are good if you for example heat them. Supermarkets waste tons of food annually just because we consumers want to buy only perfect, washed and shiny products.

Step 5. Shop locally.

If you have the option, go to the market or to the greengrocer’s. First of all, you support the local market and native farmers. In addition, you buy vegetables and fruits that have traveled a few dozen kilometers, not thousands of miles, as is the case for imported products from Asia or South America. Transport has a huge impact on environmental pollution.

Step 6. Avoid buying one-off products

Straws, plates, cutlery, mugs – all of this is bought by us in huge amounts and thrown away after one use. This applies above all to the summer, but not only. Instead of disposable saucers during the party, use a normal tableware and then wash it. Disposable plastic straws can be replaced with metal, reusable or paper, etc. It’s really simple. In the next entries we will present more simple ways to be more eco-friendly.

 

 

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