Purchasing Products Without Packaging

If you survey the aisles in a grocery store, you’ll notice the mass amounts of plastic, paper, metal, and glass that are used to package food. On an individual level it seems much less drastic, but the reality is that about 78,000 tons of packaging is thrown away every year in the US, and less than half is recycled. Luckily, there are several ways to reduce food packaging waste that are easy to do.

Don’t use plastic bags. Bring your own reusable grocery bags. Five trillion plastic bags are made each year. Of these bags, one billion are thrown away, and only 1% are recycled.

  1. Buy in bulk, and buy bigger family sizes. This way, you won’t have to shop as often as well.
  2. Make your own food from scratch, like bread, peanut butter, and ketchup. Kidshealth.org features many simple recipes like these that are kid friendly, too!
  3. Bring your own lunch to school or work. This will save you money, and when you use reusable containers and cutlery it doesn’t produce the packaging waste of a bought lunch.
  4. Buy products packaged in all recyclable materials – no Styrofoam or plastic wrap!
  5. Try to buy versions of the same food that use less waste, like ice cream cones instead of individually wrapped dishes.
  6. Look for products that combine two essentials into one container, like detergent and bleach or shampoo and conditioner.
  7. Buy less. Of course this is easier said than done, but do you really need six different kinds of cereal? Probably not.

2 Replies to “Purchasing Products Without Packaging”

  1. So sad to hear that “In US around 78,000 tons of packaging is thrown away every year and less than half is recycled”. I think we all are responsible for that.We should stop using plastic bags and throwing them away.The question is how can we do it(shopping without plastic bags?)..The answer is very simple”Use reusable bags”. These bags are fashionable and environment friendly.

  2. Thank you for such constructive information. It is always good to know that someone else cares about the environment. I have asked my friends to read this article. Definatelly, I will come back for more. Keep on doing the good work

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