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Reduce plastic with 6 simple supermarket shopping choices

Reducing your environmental impact may seem like a huge task, but you can start small. Here are 6 simple switches you can make when shopping at the supermarket to reduce your environmental impact.

August 20, 2020
Person pushing shopping trolley in supermarket

Go for glass

Only around 7% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled and it takes hundreds of years to break down in landfill, so where there’s a choice, choose glass over plastic.

Go big

Single-serve items require much more packaging than when you buy items in bulk. For example, grab 2 x 3 litre bottles of milk rather than 3 x 2 litres.

Stay loose

Go for unpackaged fresh fruit and veg (and take your own reusable produce bags if you can). A recent Choice investigation also found that you’re paying a premium when you buy pre-packaged items.

Use your tap

In Perth, the stuff that comes out of your tap is good to drink! If you prefer filtered water, try a filter jug or have a water filter installed. For sparkling water, buy an at-home carbonator with reusable bottles.

Buy less

Australians throw out about a quarter of the food they buy so the best thing you can do is shop with a list and buy only what you need.

Reuse your razor

Upgrade to a stainless-steel, reusable razor. This can make a huge dent to the plastic you throw away over the course of a year.

Plastic - not so fantastic

Plastic is cheap, versatile and a part of everyday life. Unfortunately, we have developed a disposable lifestyle and it is estimated that around 50% of plastic is used once and then thrown away.

Here are 4 facts you might not know about plastic:

  1. An estimated 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s — and only 9% has been recycled.
  2. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.
  3. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
  4. Over 90% of all seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

The good news is that if each person makes a small effort to reduce their use of plastic, it can make a huge difference.

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