Can we use Plastic Free Grocery Shopping?

Buy in bulk to minimize or eliminate packaging.

Food and drink as well as cleaning supplies, personal care products, hardware items – anything that may come in plastic packaging. And most plastic bags are not recycled, thus ending up in landfills – where they take hundreds of years to break down – or in the environment as toxic pollution.

Buy in bulk (see Zero Waste Grocery Shopping), bring reusable bags (dry goods), jars (wet items such as meat, fish, cheese, oil, butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).

Problems of plastics which we use in regular days:
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC #3): An extremely toxic plastic often containing multiple unsafe additives, including lead and phthalates. Still used for some toys, clear food and non-food packaging (e.g., cling wrap), some squeeze bottles, cooking oil and peanut butter jars.

Polystyrene (PS #6): Contains styrene, which is toxic to the brain, nervous system, and various organs. Used in Styrofoam containers, egg cartons, disposable cups and bowls, take-out food containers, plastic cutlery.

Polycarbonate (Other #7): Contains bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to numerous health problems. Used in some baby bottles (though increasingly banned in baby bottles by countries around the world), clear plastic “sippy” cups, sports water bottles, juice and ketchup containers, and in three and five gallon large water storage containers, and most metal food can liners.

Have fun living with less plastic – don't let the enormity of the plastic problem get you down!

Plastic waste is a huge problem, and it is a real drag that chemicals are coming out of plastics and being eaten and absorbed by people and wildlife all over the world, but remember, waves of change are in motion all around you, and you are part of a community of people who are committed to using less plastic.

So have fun with your plastic-free journey – be innovative and creative in looking for new ways to express your life without plastic.

1. Refuse what you do not need
2. Reduce what you do need
3. Reuse what you consume
4. Recycle what you cannot Refuse
5. Reduce or Reuse, and Rot (Compost) the rest.

Identify the grocery shop and collect the information about shop. List the products available in the shop.

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