33: Be a rebel in the Supermarket (Part 2)

Still so much food – way too much food – in the supermarket comes in single-use plastic packaging. Enough is enough! While you wait for the decision-makers in the supermarket to catch up, start doing something about it yourself and show them the way.

If you’re a vegan, you can do this at the deli counter (if your supermarket has one)
If you’re a vegetarian, you can do this at the cheese counter or the deli counter.
If you’re a pescatarian, you can do this at the fish counter, cheese or deli counter.
If you’re a meat eater, you can do this at the meat counter plus all the ones above.
We can all do this at the cake counter (if they have vegan cakes and bread too, that is).

So, here’s the idea: instead of buying your sausages, cheese, samosas, or whatever from the regular aisles – where the chances are they’ll all come wrapped in plastic – visit the fresh counters instead. Take a container with you; a foil one, if you have one, or a multi-use plastic container, select what you want and ask the assistant to put it in your container. Then they can stick the price on your container where it can be scanned at the checkout. When you get home, you can put it straight in the fridge without having to peel off the plastic that will end up in the bin. Simple. Do it enough times, and tell all your friends about it, and eventually the slow supermarkets will start to get the point.

I started doing this a couple of weeks ago in my local supermarket and I didn’t get arrested!

This could also be a great way to save a little money on your shop. You can buy as little or as much as you want, rather than having to buy the pre-packaged amount, and often the loose items are cheaper.

So, next time you go to the supermarket, slip a container into your bag for life so that you’re ready to go when you get there.

Even better than all of this, support your local deli, fish monger, butcher, and buy from them instead. You’ll be surprised in most places to find that they’re not necessarily more expensive. It just means making an extra trip into town. Surely the planet’s worth it?

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