Have you ever noticed how much plastic you immediately throw in the bin when you come home from the market? Leda bags that tear, packaging on biscuits, coke bottles etc. It is actually pretty easy to do most of your shopping without creating any waste – just like it was in the old days before plastic! All it takes is a bit of thought before you shop, and some containers that you bring with you to the market.
Basket/re-usable carrier bag
These are good for carrying vegetables, fruit, and other large items.
Small cloth bags
Easy to sew yourself, or get a tailor to make some for you. A piece of cloth cut to size, sewn on 3 size, with an optional drawstring at the top. Useful fordried goods (beans,dates, peanuts, sugar, flour) small veg (tomatoes, green beans, peppers).
Plastic re-usable boxes
Useful for meat, stock bones, eggs.
Useful for oils (groundnut, palm, palm kernel etc)
Recently I’ve gotten into a helpful habit – when I’ve finished writing my shopping list, I then make a note of which bags/boxes I need to carry these items home. Then I add in a few extra small cloth bags so that I have some spare in case of extra purchases.
Since I’ve been shopping like this I’ve noticed that most junk food comes in packaging so when you avoid packaging, you automatically avoid junk food too! Also, restricting yourself to avoiding packaging can help save you money as it avoids spontaneous purchases.
You do have to remember to bring your bags when you shop, though! Some people keep them in their car or handbag.
Soon it becomes a habit – a good habit!!