38: Bake it, don’t buy it!

slice bread on brown chopping board
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Here’s a challenge, which hopefully should be more fun than fear!

Choose one thing from your weekly food shopping basket that normally comes in some form of plastic packaging. Select something that you buy often, rather than a luxury item, and choose something that has already been cooked or pre-prepared for you (i.e., not something like raw fruit or veg).

Remove that plastic-covered thing from your shopping basket, and find a recipe for how to make it instead. While you’re shopping, buy the ingredients that you need – preferably not also wrapped in plastic! – then take those ingredients home and learn how to make that food item yourself.

You might choose bread or biscuits or hoummos or pizza or pasta or pies or burgers (meat or vegetarian). Perhaps even butter or cheese (dairy or vegan) or tomato sauce.  There are lots and lots of suggestions, just make it something you buy ready-made on a regular basis. That way you’re making a real change. And there are literally millions of recipes online for just about every dish it’s possible to make. Alternatively, support a local bookshop and buy yourself a new cookbook…or ask for one for your birthday!

If you’re a parent or grandparent or aunt or uncle, get the children involved too. Teach them how to make something that they thought only came ready made. You’ll be giving them a real life-skill at the same time.

Just think: If you teach yourself how to make bread, and you normally buy two loaves a week wrapped in a plastic bag, that’s 104 plastic bags that you personally are not putting into landfill to pollute our planet this year. And you might just save money too.

Once you’ve mastered one recipe. Choose a second one, then a third. If you get really good at it, teach one friend and you instantly double the amount of plastic you’ve saved.

Happy recipe hunting!

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