Food plastic packaging
2 min read
Many soft plastics in our food supply are unnecessary and can be avoided. One reason why they are so often seen is that they can increase the shelf life of a food and they're cheap...

However, most people don't know that they can't be recycled in your standard recycling bin, and they often contain BPA and other plasticisers (i.e., plastics). 


A common source of soft plastics are fruits and vegetables in soft plastic or individually packaged foods, such as muesli bars, cheese slices, or yoghurt pouches. Two effective ways to reduce use of soft plastics is to try to buy fruits and vegetables using reusable bags (or no bags!) and buy a full-sized product (e.g., yoghurt) and portion it into a glass, ceramic or metal container or vessel.


Loose fruit and vegetables


If you don't have a thin reusable produce bag on you, there are still ways to try to avoid plastic bags. Consider it a challenge. Unless you're buying loose cherries or cherry tomatoes, most things can be placed straight in a trolley or basket


The person at the checkout may look at you like "really mate?!" but you know that you're doing your bit to protect the environment so we support you and you should give yourself a pat on the back. Another eco-friendly option is to use the paper bags next to the mushrooms for other fruits or vegetables *avoid all eye contact with the staff*.


Remember, every little thing can make a difference.


Become a member to access our tutorials on all things plastic and food, including the most up to date scientific evidence. Join today.

Join eat sustainably