Reducing supermarket plastic

Eliminating plastic supermarket bags is getting a lot of attention, but that addresses only a part of plastic overload at supermarkets. A lot of foods are individually wrapped in plastic, which at best end up in our landfill.

Here is an interesting idea from Germany, where you take your own plastic containers to the supermarket. For hygiene reasons you place your container on a tray so the staff don’t touch yours (for hygiene reasons), they place the food – meat, cheese, whatever – into the container and hand you back the tray, and then you put the lid on and take your container.

This supermarket is fighting against unnecessary plastic

As you often put foods like this in containers at home anyway this saves the plastic packaging for transit from the supermarket to home.

It means you have to plan ahead, as you do taking your own bags to pack your groceries into, and all you have to do is take the storage containers as well. We should be able to manage that most of the time.

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  1. Strong For Life

     /  October 14, 2018

    This seems like a good idea. I do not have a problem with eliminating supermarket bags. But I think there are more worthwhile targets that should be banned too, items like disposal nappies for example, which must take up far more room at the landfill than plastic bags? Most plastic bags can be recycled but as far as I am aware disposable nappies cannot be.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 14, 2018

      Yes, indeed….and my pet hate, needlessly coated paper and cardboard!

      Then there are the non-recyclable disposable plates and other such things. The Warehouse now sell compostable ones…10/10.

      There have been schemes for recycling disposable nappies, but where and how ?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 14, 2018

        The thought of queuing for cheese etc doesn’t appeal. I wash and recycle the wrappers anyway, it’s no trouble to put them in the wash with everything else.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 14, 2018

          I keep the cheese in a bread bag when I open it; also recyclable. Breadbags are also good for buying fruit, as they are tougher than the supermarket ones.

          There’s an Indian brand of yoghurt that comes in a clear container with a good tight lid. These are as good as bought containers and are a good size for keeping things like split peas in, and they last for years.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 14, 2018

            Hello, PDT/s, I see that you are not in favour of recycling and cutting down landfill and disagree with those who are.

            Or does it depend on who does believe in these things?

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    • Pink David

       /  October 14, 2018

      “But I think there are more worthwhile targets that should be banned too, items like disposal nappies for example, which must take up far more room at the landfill than plastic bags?”

      Why is the environmental impact of washing and cleaning reusable nappies, not to mention the cost of labout, less worse than some landfill?

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  2. Conspiratoor

     /  October 14, 2018

    Will be intereeting to see how long countdown persevere with the brown paper bags for home deliveries. The marketing genius behind it never foresaw the elderly with their arthritic fingers trying to lift the damn things, the fact that rain and paper dont mix too well, they are bulky …and the owner drivers are ready to walk

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    • I bought a half dozen of beer a long time ago, 750 ml bottles were all you got then, packed in a paper bag. Then carried it along town in the rain. It got quite tricky.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  October 14, 2018

        Countdown have moved first and i hope it works for them, but our driver has gone feral. Other thing is they dont compress too well. Theres no room in the recycle bin for the wine bottles after ive put the damn things in

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 14, 2018

          The marketing genius can’t remember the days of brown paper bags, I would say.

          Someone I know, a woman who must be in her 70s, remembers shedding tears one terrible rainy day when her brown bag burst and her groceries went in all directions. I can remember how awful they were; nothing to hold onto so they needed to be clutched precariously or held by their bases. They were horrible.

          If Countdown used boxes (banana boxes are good) or even ‘black sacks’ it would be much better,

          Paper bags are worse for the environment, and really are single use. Most plastic bags are reused, but how many paper ones are?

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    • Pink David

       /  October 14, 2018

      “Will be intereeting to see how long countdown persevere with the brown paper bags for home deliveries. ”

      Why have they changed to something that is significantly worse for the environment?

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