For the majority of the population shopping means going in empty handed coming out with a mound of unnecessary waste (especially plastic)!
Before going on your next food haul keep these handy hacks in mind to reduce your environmental footprint and be an eco-shopper!
1. BRING YOUR OWN BAGS
It seems so obvious, we know, but so many Australians still forget to bring their own shopping bags! Instead, what do they use? Plastic!!!
Our hack! Purchase bags that you can fold up really tight to carry in your everyday bag or leave a stash in your car so you never have an excuse!
2. DON'T PURCHASE PACKAGED FOODS
For some reason supermarkets deem in necessary to package absolutely everything!!! When it comes to fresh produce, opt for small carry bags of your own rather than the plastic tear-off ones they provide and totally avoid anything coated in plastic.
Where possible, buy from organic farmers markets rather than the large chains if you can't find what you want without drowning in waste overload!!!
3. What can I eat?
Typically reducing waste goes hand in hand with healthy living, purely because processed food is typically packaged. However, more and more options are popping up, where you can scoop your own products into your own bags (LOOK OUT FOR THESE).
Where you can, try to find food packed in a material you think you can personally reuse. Preferably search for in glass jars, these are also perfect for future use!
Going one step future, you will find most of the processed food or over packaged food have ingredients that aren't good for the environment or for yourself.
Plastic leaking onto products can also put unwanted chemicals into your body and increase Oestrogen so not only will you be helping the environment but also yourself!