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Green Shopping: How To Cut Packaging

Green Shopping: How To Cut Packaging

Since we have adopted our recycling regime at Pirate FM there has been a massive change in our attitude. Suddenly we are noticing packaging. How much of it there is. How much of it cannot be recycled or re-used. How much ends up in landfill or worse still, littering Cornwall's lanes, paths, parks and beaches.

Suddenly we wanted smarter ways of shopping. So, after Debbie on the Pirate FM team asked Pablo for some tips, he put together some of his ideas on how we can all reduce waste from packaging.

It also saves money on the weekly shopping bill and supports local business. Wins all round!

* Use material or jute tote bags for shopping instead of carrier bags and the plastic 'bags for life'. Carry one or two in your bag or in the car just in case. They can scrumple up small. You will save money on the carrier bag charge and help cut landfill waste and litter.

* Buy a stainless steel water bottle and refill it from the tap. Our drinking water is perfectly clean and safe and plastic bottles and their tops are one of the worst litter offenders. You could get a filter-jug for the kitchen if you are worried about the water quality. Check out Clean Cornwall's Turn on the Tap campaign for places to refill your bottle if you are out and about.

* Buy a re-useable thermos mug for takeaway teas and coffees and save waste from single use coffee cups. You can hand it over in the coffee shop and they will put your drink in it for no extra charge. Sometimes they even knock money off the price.

* Buy fruit and veg loose. If your local supermarket insists on wrapping it within an inch of its life - go to your local grocers or sign up to the local veg box scheme. It could shake up your eating habits and help introduce local, seasonal produce to the family. Your money will also be going straight back into the local economy.

* Buy dry goods (cereals, pastas, rice, flours, grain, dried fruits, herbs etc.) in bulk and store in reuseable and refillable glass containers/tins at home. Most towns have a wholefood store or equivalent where you can buy in bulk from the drum. It may well have to go in little plastic bags to come home. But you can re-use them each week. Even better, ask for (and continue to ask for) paper bags instead or take your containers in. If no one says anything or enquires, nothing changes.

* Use your local butcher. Cut plastic tubs and films, which cannot yet be recycled widely in Cornwall, and support local farmers in the process. Most butchers wrap meat in paper and a small plastic bag. Yes,it is still plastic, but not as much packaging as you would be buying at your local supermarket.

* Bake at home. You could make a week's worth of biscuits, treats, packed lunch snacks etc. on a weekend with the kids. Or even do a massive bake-off once month and freeze stuff. It is great fun, cheaper and better for everyone as you know exactly what is going into your food - and no packaging!

* Avoid buying individually packaged snacks in bulk i.e. multi pack biscuits, chocolates, crisps etc. You can get all sorts of reusable storage boxes and lunch boxes now, which almost totally eliminate the need for packaging food on the go.

* You could buy yoghurt in big pots and decant it as needed. As mentioned above, you can get all sorts of weird and wonderful re-useable containers for eating on the go.  

* Use cloth napkins rather than paper napkins

* Make your own lollies with a mould in the freezer. See 'Bake at Home'!

* Some things do need to be packaged, but we can be more aware of what it is packaged in. Avoid plastic packaging if you can and go for paper and glass, both of which can be recycled.  For example, look for tomato sauce in glass bottles rather than squeezy ones, buy bread from the baker in a paper bag etc. Look for items that come in recyclable packaging and aim not to buy goods that do not. They may sometimes cost a little more - but it all balances out with lots of other savings you are making.

* Recycle waste packaging. Properly. Find out how in Cornwall here

* Enjoy the changes you are making. Even if you just make one pledge to buy less plastic or buy your fruit and veg from the local farmer it all helps. Changing our buying habits may mean we need to go into town more to shop locally, putting money back into our local economy. And you can use the money you save to grab a coffee in a local cafe with a mate and spread the word!

There are far more ideas you can try. Why not share them with us? Tweet to @piratefm #ecobear #reduce

Posted by Pablo, on 18th August 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

Green Shopping: How To Cut Packaging

Green Shopping: How To Cut Packaging

How to shop smarter and reduce packaging to cut litter and pollution in Cornwall

Posted by Pablo, on 18th August 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

Earth Day 2016 - What Can Cornwall Do

Earth Day 2016 - What Can Cornwall Do

Earth Day highlights the simple actions we can all take to protect our world. Find out what we can do in Cornwall to look after our own little piece of Earth:

Posted by Pablo, on 22nd April 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

VIDEO: Get Water Wise!

VIDEO: Get Water Wise!

This week it is Water Saving Week so we have been having a look at what we can do at Pirate FM to save one of our most precious resources. In true Pablo style, he is keen that staff take some ideas home with them. Here are his top tips ...

Posted by Pablo, on 22nd March 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

"Just Bin It!" How You Can Help Beat Litter in Cornwall.

"Just Bin It!" How You Can Help Beat Litter in Cornwall.

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful parts of the country ... but litter blights almost every corner. So much so, 94% of us think it is a problem. Find out how you can do your bit to help.

Posted by Pablo, on 3rd March 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

How much do you recycle? Be honest. Are you a sorting wizard at home, separating out plastics, tins, glass and cardboard? Or, is it sometimes easier to just shove it all in the black bin liner and out the door? Check out Pablo's top tips here.

Posted by Pablo, on 1st March 2016, in Pablo the Eco Bear's Tips & Advice.

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