Albert Heijn is taking steps to reduce their plastic use after planning to scrap wrapped plastic around peppers, chilli peppers, bananas and carrots. According to NOS, this will save 270,000 kilos of plastic.
What can the consumer do?
There are plenty of steps we can take as consumers to reduce plastic use and I’ll list just a couple. When buying fruit and veg in the supermarket, ask yourself ‘do you really need that plastic bag they put out for you so you can put your fruit and veg in there?’ Pretty much always, the answer is no. Most fruit and veg have hard outer skins so they won’t get crushed (and you don’t always eat that part anyway). If you’re fussed, take a reusable bag with you.
When you go shopping always remember to take a bag with you (the long-life ones are best – I’ve had mine for 3 years now and they are still as good as new). If you think you’re going to forget, leave a bag where ever you usually go. So in the car, in the office and at home.
What other tips do you have? Do you think supermarkets should be doing more? Let us know in the comments!