How to Avoid Unnecessary Plastic Packaging and Recycle What You Can't

It’s shocking to think that we could buy a selection of packaged vegetables at a supermarket, cook them for a quick dinner, only for the packaging to then take up to 1,000 years to decompose!

For all the benefits that plastic packaging has, like being lightweight and keeping our food fresh, it sure does give consumers a lot of hassle and leaves us all with an environmental dilemma. 

But don’t worry, we have some helpful solutions to help you avoid unnecessary plastic packaging and recycle the packaging you can’t avoid (thanks to Zero Waste Box™). 

So what can you do to avoid plastic packaging?

Shop local and eco-conscious
Zero-waste, refill stations and ‘naked stores’ (meaning no packaging, thankfully!) have been popping up across the country to provide consumers with a plastic-free shopping experience. All while supporting local businesses!

Bring Tupperware and reusable bags
Refuse unnecessary plastic bags in the vegetable aisle and instead use durable alternatives that can be used again, again and again! 

Shop for groceries with Loop
Convenience is never compromised when you shop with Loop. It’s a brilliant, online shop where you can get the products you love delivered in zero-waste packaging that is cleaned and refilled to be reused, again and again (available in mainland UK). 

But what about the plastic packaging you can’t avoid?

Unfortunately, this flexible, complex plastic packaging makes up a huge proportion of a weekly shop yet it cannot be recycled through regular council facilities.

But this is where our Zero Waste Box™ solution comes in to fill this extraordinary gap. It’s the first comprehensive recycling collection service for nearly everything, developed by award-winning waste experts at TerraCycle®

Zero Waste Box™ is a complete and convenient solution to store, ship, and recycle a particular type of waste that isn’t currently recycled through local councils or traditional recycling facilities.

Thanks to our Plastic Packaging and our Kitchen Separation Zero Waste Boxes, you can have a convenient solution under your roof for all types of plastic packaging. And when it is full, simply organise a collection with UPS and we’ll recycle its contents. Simple – and most importantly – nothing goes to landfill! 

What about avoiding plastic packaging this Christmas?

“Home for Christmas” has a whole new meaning this year. It’s true you won’t be seeing all the hustle and bustle that usually comes with the season. There will be less travel and smaller gatherings, but that doesn’t mean there has to be any less holiday spirit.  

Take it easy on yourself and the environment with these tips for embracing a slow and simple holiday season. 

Forgo the ‘spirit of spending’ and instead cut back on the gifts, decorations and food at this year’s smaller gatherings won’t make you seem like the Grinch, we promise. After all, true holiday cheer isn’t found in piles of presents.

When it comes to presents, hunt for items that foster togetherness like puzzles, movies or board games that the whole family can enjoy. Insider tip: you can buy all of these gifts secondhand from a local thrift store instead of buying new. And seeing how it is the season of giving, this is also a great time to teach your kids about the importance of donating to people in need. 

Spend some time going through well-loved toys and identifying what is no longer used or played with. If these items are in good condition, donate them. If they have seen better days, they can be conveniently recycled through the Toys Zero Waste Box™. 

Get crafty and creative!

Spending the holidays at home doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the fun festivities of the season. Challenge yourself to be resourceful and think outside of the box when it comes to some of your favorite traditions! 

  • Reimagine the way you wrap gifts. Traditional wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated or made up of small, non-paper additives such as glitter or plastics that makes it difficult to recycle. Take to Pinterest to find some inspiration for pretty, upcycled alternatives to wrap with instead. Old sheet music, maps, newspaper, or scraps of fabric will give a cool vintage look to any package. 
  • Gift something yummy. You can still share your signature holiday desserts with friends and family, even if you won’t be together to celebrate. Put together all of the dry ingredients for a yummy baked good in an empty jar and attach a recipe card so loved ones can make the treat in their own kitchen. 
  • DIY natural decorations. Look no farther than your kitchen and backyard for all the materials you need to create some festive holiday décor. String pieces of dried citrus fruit on a piece of twine to hang on the fireplace. Collect pinecones, dip in peanut butter and roll in seeds to make mini-bird feeders. Upcycle empty jars into homemade snow globes with some distilled water, a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin.

Thanks for reading! We hope these tips have shed some light on some great alternatives to shop sustainably, while helping the planet.

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