Top 7 Tips to Reducing Plastic for July (and beyond)

Top 7 Tips to Reducing Plastic for July (and beyond)

Do you want to be a plastic waste warrior? Maybe you’d like to make some small changes, but you just don’t know where to start. Sustainability is one of our core values at Better Food and with that in mind, we’re here to help you on your mission to cut plastic out for July (and beyond!?). Here are our top 7 tips to reducing plastic

1. Refills

You’ll be surprised how much your plastic pile reduces when you switch to reusable containers! We’re lucky Bristol has so many great options for food and household refills. Pop along to any of our shops or make use of the great independents around the city.

2. Bulk food shopping

It’s not just about refills though, by buying the food you use most regularly in bulk this can help you to save money and seriously reduce plastic. As a bonus, many bulk food items are available in paper or plant-based packaging.

3. Takeaway cups and bottles

Yes, this is a bit obvious, but after a few hard years of a pandemic, some have let good habits slip. Now is the time to make sure you always carry a reusable water bottle, and cup for hot drinks, when you go out. Check out City to Sea’s Refill app to help you refill when you’re out and about.

4. Celebrations

With a little bit of creativity, you can easily plan a party that’s free from balloons and other harmful single-use plastics. Popular decorations that can be reused time and time again include bunting, tassels, tissue pom-poms, lanterns, fresh flowers, and more.

5. Bathroom

There are loads of high-quality brands that are innovating and cutting plastic out of their packaging entirely (try Wild Sage, available in our stores if you haven’t already). Beyond packaging, bathroom products have a fantastic range of options available as refills. And, don’t forget your toothbrush (!) choose one made from sustainable, compostable materials, such as bamboo.

6. Fruit and vegetables

Buying plastic-packaged fruit and vegetables can be convenient, but it creates needless plastic waste. Instead, look out for loose fruit and vegetables in your local grocery store, or head to a farmers market. Top tip – did you know that all organic fruit and veg sold at supermarkets has to be packaged? There is a better way, shopping at Better Food or similar organic-certified retailers, means organic produce can be sold plastic free, as it should be!

7. Plastic free picnics

Check out our guide to sustainable picnicking here.