The average Australian is sending one tonne of rubbish to the landfill per year. And so much of this waste is food-related (packaging, anyone?). While most of us by now have some general knowledge about reducing waste, we can’t just talk the talk and not walk the walk.
We all need a little reminder every once in a while. FoodFaith isn’t here to reinvent the wheel – we know what’s tried and true, and it’s nothing groundbreaking. But if you’ve ever experienced packing a tote bag only to leave it the car, or putting some silverware in your backpack and taking the plastic anyways, you know that buying the supplies is only half the battle. You already own your tote bag (I know you do.) Here’s how to translate that into actually using it.
Without further ado, here is part three of our mini guide series on going zero-waste! We aim to refresh your memory, and most importantly give that nudge to actually implement these habits into your daily lives. Last but not least, here are our tips & tricks for going zero waste at the supermarket.
· Bulk = No packaging. Look at your grocery list, and pick out what you can buy in bulk. Plan grocery trips when you’re still at home, and pack some glass jars to do bulk shopping. Think pasta, grains, nuts, sweets & chocolate things, muesli. Try places like Naked Foods or Scoop Wholefoods which have lots of great options.
· Buy the ugly produce! Fight food waste by choosing the less aesthetically pleasing fruit and veg from places like Harris Farm Markets and save yourself some money whilst saving the planet too!
· Whilst you’re in the fruit and veg section, choose to either not bag or use reusable cloth bags for your purchases. You can purchase your own set (we recommend cotton over polyester so to reduce micro plastics when washing) from plenty of shops but we love these ones from Biome
· We all know that shopping local is better. Set reminders on your phone calendar for farmers market days! This will also help in getting packaging-free veg.
· If you’re using one, prams are excellent shopping bag, and also hold your other reusable bags!
None of this is particularly groundbreaking. Half the battle is remembering. So re-invest some time into reducing trash. Write notes on your hand, set reminders on your phone, put your shopping bags in the front seat instead of the boot.
Translate your knowledge into action. Tell your friends, get your whole household involved!
If you’re feeling up to it, try going a day without making any trash. I promise you it’ll be a rewarding, and eye-opening experience. The things that turn out to be the most difficult may surprise you – and give you more ideas on how to better divert from the landfill.
From FoodFaith to you, good luck and happy waste-reducing!