07 Sep 5 Ways to Shop More Sustainably
This week is Zero Waste Week and although adopting a completely zero waste lifestyle is a huge change, there are small changes you can make to your lifestyle to make a big difference to reduce the waste sent to landfill from your household.
1.Shop zero waste alternatives
A small change that can make a big difference is purchasing sustainable, plastic free alternatives to your usual health care and household essentials. Ernie’s Zero Waste stocks a huge variety of vegan and plastic free products, from toothbrushes to laundry detergent, to reusable water bottles and coffee cups. They even sell packaging free flours, grains and cereals, just bring your own container, fill up and start your sustainable shopping journey!
A great way to reduce waste is by re-using and re-purposing old clothes, furniture & more instead of sending them to landfill. By both donating and buying clothes from charity shops, you can make a huge difference. Charity shops save over 3oo tonnes of textiles from going to landfill annually, and Anglia Square is the perfect destination for sustainable clothes and furniture shopping, whilst also raising money for a great cause, with Scope, Sense, Pact, St Martin’s and YMCA to choose from. Find out more about why you should shop second-hand here.
In the UK, 6.5 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year. One way to prevent this is planning your meals and therefore only buying what you need, eating leftovers for lunch the following day or freezing them for a later date. For unavoidable food waste, order a food waste caddy, to be collected with your household bins. All food waste can be disposed of in the caddy, and is recycled into biogas and biofertiliser. You can also make your own compost by purchasing a compost bin from QD stores.
Shopping local produce is a great way of reducing your households carbon footprint. Buying local produce removes the long transportation implications and costs, whilst also allowing you to support local small businesses and avoid unwanted plastic packaging. Robert Brand Fruits at Anglia Square sells locally grown, unpackaged vegetables and Peter’s Family Butcher sells amazing quality, local meat, which can be added to your weekly meal plan, helping the planet and allowing you to feed your family fresh, healthy food.
Perhaps the easiest way to begin your zero waste journey, can be just saying no to purchasing things that will end up generating waste. Before you buy something, take the time to work out whether you really need it (don’t shop when you’re hungry!), and try to avoid purchasing products with lots of plastic packaging.
Let us know how you get on with your zero waste and sustainable shopping journey! Tag us in photos of your purchases from Robert Brand Fruits, Peter’s Family Butcher, our amazing charity shops & Ernie’s Zero Waste or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org