Sustainable shopping and avoiding packaging waste

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A look in the shopping carts shows us the dilemma: Many foodstuffs are packed in plastic & Co. We consume vast amounts of packaging waste, even though there are many ways to choose alternative packaging and avoid waste.

Meanwhile, it is already trendy again, and years ago, it was a welcome companion for shopping as a jute bag or canvas bag. However, the cloth bag should be washed regularly. Alternatively, there are paper bags, whose production and disposal are more environmentally friendly than plastic bags.

Already at the first stop in the supermarket, the fruit and vegetable department, the short-lived foil bags should be taboo. Give preference to the alternative crochet or canvas bags here! At the bakery counter, bread and rolls may be given out loose and should be placed in the cloth bag you brought. A legal hygiene regulation at the cheese and sausage counter states that no brought-in containers may be filled behind it. But there’s nothing wrong with putting the fresh produce in the cans at the top of the counter itself.

Looking for environmentally friendly packaging, you notice in the refrigerated section that plastic containers dominate yogurt and companions. For 500 g or more quantities, choose reusable jars from local suppliers. If it does have to be smaller quantities, plastic cups are allowed, as long as they are disposed of properly.

When browsing the beverage shelves, watch for glass or PET reusable bottles, especially if they come from regional suppliers. Disposable plastic bottles are an absolute “no-go.” Their production and disposal have an extremely poor carbon footprint. Composite cartons, better known as Tetra packs, have been proven to offer a good alternative. The Federal Environment Agency gives them a better rating in terms of environmental friendliness as long as they are disposed of sensibly and thus recycled.

For sustainable and climate-friendly shopping, the best thing to do is visit the weekly market.

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