Each year, the UK uses 5 million tonnes of plastic, just under half of which is used in packaging. Of this, roughly a third is single-use plastic used by the UK’s top ten supermarkets, according to a report by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency.
At FreshPoint Local, we are committed to minimalising single use plastic across our home delivery service, encouraging our retail customers to use plastic alternatives such as paper to wrap produce, or reusable shopping bags.
Unfortunately, some plastic use is unavoidable, and will be an issue until the wider food and beverage industry addresses this as a whole. For example, berry punnets are almost always made of plastic, however, at FreshPoint, we are working with a Cornish grower that has introduced a plastic-free alternative.
Another initiative that we are very proud of is our introduction of Plastic Free Milk, which offers both whole and semi-skimmed milk. Two Pergals machines have been provided by Trewithen Dairy and Rodda’s.
Here are 7 things you can do with food and produce to reduce your single plastic use:
- Carry reusable shopping bags with you
- Reduce the amount of frozen and convenience foods in your weekly shop
- Shop with local suppliers and producers, such as FreshPoint Local
- Bring your own containers
- Keep your own reusable foodware at work
- Use glass and stainless steel food storage at home
- Make your own snacks, not only will this reduce plastic, but will save money and be a lot healthier.