Here are our tips and tricks for a more eco-friendly shopping trip – most will also save you money! Buy bulk – it may seem obvious but it’s true, bulk is best, provided you can use all your goodies before the expiry date. Kind to your wallet – Higher volume usually means cheaper prices. If you fully embrace bulk by, it can save you fuel, and even time. And you know how the saying goes, time is money. Kind to the planet – As well as all of the above, smart bulk buying (bigger packs, not more small packs) is more economical in transport, so the carbon footprint is lighter. Similarly, bigger packs actually use less packaging per kilogram, so you’re helping to cut down on waste, reducing the pressure on recycling, and giving natural resources like trees a bit of a break. BYOB – yep, bring your own bags. Charges for disposable bags are becoming more common, but that brings the danger of a new trap – thinking the charge is good because it might be going towards charitable causes (like the UK) and therefore continuing to use disposable bags, OR forgetting your bags and buying recyclable or durable bags again and again. That’s bad for your wallet, the space in your cupboards, and the planet. Hemp it up and jute it out – forget plastic, durable and ‘bags for life’ are a plug, when we need a solution. Hemp and jute alternatives are more expensive, but they represent a more realistic long-term solution, and don’t rely on finite resources for production. Also, we find they cushion fruit and veg better, and are less prone to break if you end up buying more than you expected. Go prepared – impulse shopping is more likely if you start the trip hungry, or without a list. So go with a good meal inside you, and a plan. You’ll shop more rationally, and be more likely to consider the brand and type of product you’re buying, rather than randomly throwing stuff into the trolley as you go along. Really, think ahead. Our bonus tips: Save an old cardboard carton in the car to help transport anything awkward, Hang a smaller bag off the kidbasket (child seat) of the trolley. We put our fruit and veg straight in their naked, to save on those horrid thin plastic bags that the supermarkets provide for them. That’s all for this week, hope you found something useful!
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