“Create no Waste” shopping list

Have you ever wondered how on earth you could go shopping without bringing lots of packaging home? Here’s a sample shopping list to get you started!  (See below for full lists – just look at the variety!)

Vegetables and fruit – bring them home in a large basket or re-usable shopping bag

Dry goods – buy as much as you can “to measure” in the market rather than in a supermarket to avoid packaging: beans, acha, peanuts, grains, measures of flour/sugar/rice, dates etc – bring them home in small cloth shopping bags.

Spices – enjoy local spices and bring them home in small cloth shopping bags – ginger, black pepper, kimba (African black pepper), chillis, garlic etc.

Meat/bones/fish: bring them home in a re-usable plastic box.

Eggs – you can put them in a cloth bag/re-usable egg tray if you are able to carry them carefully but when I have armfuls of shopping I find it more secure to put them in a plastic bucket.

Buttermilk/butter – bring large plastic boxes with secure lids, or glass jars.

Oils – bring a glass jar to carry them home.

Cleaning agent – try using Nigerian black soap – carry it home in a cloth bag and use it for showers, for cleaning and for washing your clothes and dishes.

NOTES

-I realise that it does seem inconsistent to use plastic boxes and buckets for eggs, meat and buttermilk – but I can’t think what else to use and it they do have the advantage of being re-usable. Any suggestions for what would be better?

-You’ll notice that in avoiding packaging you end up shopping in the market more rather than in the supermarket.

-You’ll also notice that in avoiding packaging you avoid a lot of processed and junk food – how bad can that be!!! (You may also notice that you need to learn to cook……….that’s another story!!)

-Things I still haven’t worked out how to buy without packaging – any tips? Honey, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, tea. These are the only things I buy in packaging – which isn’t too bad! But I’d still like to eliminate them…………any ideas?

Vegetables

Dry Goods

Market goods

Oils

Spices

Fulani products

-Basket

-shopping bag

-small cloth bag

Small cloth bag

Small cloth bag

bucket

plastic box

Glass jar

Small cloth bag

Plastic container

Tomatoes

onions

carrots

green beans

peppers

chillies

potatoes

(Irish, sweet, Livingstone, coco yams, cassava)

curry leaf

scented leaf

bitter leaf

cucumber

plantain

coconut

avocadoes

Beans

acha

wheat

peanuts

tamba

white flour

sugar

rice

millet

guinea corn

corn

egusi

sesame seeds

tiger nuts

dates

jaggery

zobo flowers

Atile fruit

eggs

meat

bones

fish – cooked

fish – raw

fish – dried

fish – stock

palm oil

palm kernel oil

Peanut oil

soya oil

Ginger

black pepper

kimba (African black pepper)

chilli

garlic

Buttermilk

milk

butter

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