This week’s tip might be a bit weird but is a great way to start grocery shopping more conscious. Or at least it helped me a lot. When I first decided to reduce my waste production, I stopped buying fruits and veggies in plastic packaging, never mind if they were produced locally and/or organic. I decided that fruits and veggies in net bags were okay though, if I couldn’t get them loose. After a while I realised that net bags are either made out of plastic or cellulose. So, I decided to stop buying fruits and veggies in net bags made out of plastic. Net bags made out of cellulose where still okay tho, because cellulose is a wood fibre and trees are a renewable resource.
How do you know the difference between net bags made out of plastic or cellulose?
Just touch them and you will feel the difference. Often times the colours are different too. While plastic net bags often times come in bright colours (below left side), cellulose bags have natural colours (below right side, except for the red ones ;) ). Often times plastic bags break into small too.
Why is the difference between plastic and cellulose so important?
It might be a weird tip, but it is a great way to become more aware of what you buy or in which packaging fruits and veggies come. It made me realize for the first time how much plastic packaging there is for fruits and veggies. As a consumer we have the power to change things. Buying loose fruits and veggies or those in cellulose net bags are a way to show the companies that we prefer natural products, instead of plastic. So next time you go buy fruits and veggies in a supermarket, have a look at their packaging first.
Hey there, my name is Fiona. I love travelling and getting to know different cultures. Because of travelling I realised I don't need many things to live a happy life. My transformation started ten years ago with my first big trip to India, since then I live a very minimalistic lifestyle. For a couple of years now, it is not only minimalistic but also zero waste.
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