Recycling Part 2 – Hidden Plastics

Sometimes when I am shopping and a bit undecided about what kind of cookies or out of routine food I want to buy, my inner green hero decides to go on a mission.

I suddenly start looking for ecological produce or enter an eco-supermarket. The moment I put this recycled carton packages of green-looking goods into my cart, I feel very satisfied with myself. It takes some time until I get home open the box and realise that inside of the recycled paper box, my food is packed in plastic. It is not always a disaster as some ecological foods have to be kept in plastic to stay fresh, but sometimes it is such an obvious overpacking, that I tell myself to be more careful about this hidden plastics.

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Here some tips on how to avoid this extra plastic packaging and reduce your recycling waste:

  • Get fresh produce as often as possible 
  • Visit your backer and pastry shop to get bread and cookies or start backing them yourself, they taste much better homemade anyway
  • Tee is much more tasty bought loose than in a package and you immediately save a lot of trash if you get yourself a metal tea box
  • Shop consciously and look for paper packages and with some experience you know, which one are producing minimum waste
  • When I shop online I also end up having a huge amount of plastic ending up in the trash – try to shop locally here as well
  • Sometimes buying offers on chocolate bars buying more at once in package is a small save in money but you safe plastic buying them individually

If you have more ideas on how to avoid hidden plastics, please share in the comments. Thanks and happy recycling!

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