Another simple shopping switch today. Simply swap those ‘handy’ squeezy bottles of ketchup, mayonnaise, HP sauce (for you Brits) for glass bottles instead! Glass is far easier to recycle than plastic and, if you’re handy at making things like jam, you can re-use the mayonnaise jars. (If you’re not handy at making those things – I’m not – find a friend who is and they’ll thank you for it!)
In actual fact, I’m not sure what the real benefits of squeezing are compared to pouring. Sure, it means you don’t have to slap that ketchup bottle on the bottom to get those first, thick drops out, but after that – why is it better? It’s even more difficult to get the last bits out of the bottom of the squeezy bottle without diluting with vinegar, at least in my experience.
And as for mayonnaise, was I really just buying the plastic bottle version just so that I didn’t have to wash up a knife or a spoon to get it out with? I guess I was. And that’s just silly!
I’ve checked with my local supermarket, and when I compared how much the products cost per 100g, on average it was actually cheaper to buy mayonnaise in glass bottles and only a couple of pence more expensive to buy the ketchup in bottles. Check out the sauce of your choice. If it’s really only a penny or two to swap to glass, is it really going to affect your purse that much? And if you find out it’s cheaper, then it’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?