Food shopping is stressful at the best of times - long queues, your favourite brand of fruit juice being out of stock, shopping trolley races down the pet food aisle.
Trying to fight climate change when you’re doing your weekly food shop sounds impossible - but it isn’t. These handy tips will help you live your best eco-friendly life and get your fridge stocked with some seriously delish food.
Reusable shopping bags
Your supermarket probably already sells these and it’s the easiest way of reducing the amount of plastic you use. They last longer, are usually more stylish and they’re better for the environment. In fact, the only ethical quandary is whether you can pop into the supermarket with a rival’s bag….
Buy in bulk
If you have the storage space, buying non-perishable goods in bulk is better for the environment and your bank account. Canned goods, tea, dried beans along with household goods like cat litter, toilet roll and shampoo can all be kept for a long time, meaning fewer trips to the shops and less packaging.
One of the great things about the modern world is you can get almost anything you want, any time. Except….it’s not that great, really. In the 21st century, most of us are out of the loop when it comes to what food is in season, but websites like Eat the Seasons
can let you know what food is available month by month and even week by week. Your nan’s blackberry and apple crumble feels all that more special when you only have it in the autumn rather than all year-round.,
Buy the ingredients, not the ready meal
We know that time is limited. Even if you want to make a meal from scratch, after you’ve worked all day and done the school run, spending time in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do. But while the pre-prepared versions of your favourite meals might be quick, they’re full of additives - and normally wrapped in plastic. Not only are your favourite meals actually easier to make than you’d think, they’re cheaper too - especially if you batch cook a lot at the weekend and then pop them in the freezer for those nights when the last thing you want is to cook.
If you want to buy - and spend less - our top tip is to stick to that trusty shopping list. If you plan a meal before you go food shopping and work out exactly the amounts of everything you need, you won’t buy extra ingredients that you’ll never use. If you don’t need it, don’t get it. And be honest with yourself - if there’s something you buy and never finish - or even use - then either buy smaller quantities or don’t buy it at all. A bag of rotting spinach at the back of the fridge is nobody’s friend.
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