As Blue Planet II raises the issue of plastic in our oceans, here's how to food shop plastic free

20th Nov 17 | Lifestyle

The Blue Planet II episode, Big Blue, made many viewers emotional about what humans are doing to the oceans.

Tarutao national park, Thailand

The 4th episode of Blue Planet II on the BBC saw a mother pilot whale carrying her dead calf, which was thought to have died after consuming plastic or the chemicals plastic emits.

Both shocking and upsetting, what’s worse is that the death could have been avoided. It’s a problem inflicted by human – the oceans should not be clogged with this man-made material.

The response to the episode has been understandably emotional.

But what can we do individually to cut plastic waste in our day to day lives?
Here are a few small changes you could make when it comes to buying food and drink, that could have a major impact on the environmental health of the oceans.

1. Avoid the 5p bag charge and always carry a canvas shopping bag for dry goods, and a chiller bag for frozen and fridge items.

2. Get your milk delivered – glass bottles are reusable, and you’ll be supporting your local milkman. They often deliver eggs and other goods too.

3. Don’t use plastic cutlery at work, instead, take in stainless steel cutlery from home, or invest in a travel-sized set.

4. Buy your fruit and vegetables loose – and sign this petition to stop fruit and veg being wrapped in plastic made law.

5. Get your own reusable coffee cup to hand over to your barista every time you need a caffeine hit – you’ll often garner a discount for using one.

6. Don’t accept plastic straws when buying drinks out. You can get stainless steel and glass ones for your home.

7. Never buy a bottle of water again – instead, carry a reusable water bottle. Double walled ones keep drinks cool or hot, depending on what you fill them with.

8. Take tupperware with you, to the butcher, the fishmonger, the grocer (e.g. for berries or loose fruit). And instead of buying plastic packets of seeds, nuts, grains and pulses, visit your local health food shop with tupperware for loose refills.

9. You can even use your own containers when buying takeout.

10. If there’s a choice between products/branded items being packaged in cardboard or plastic, always pick up the one in cardboard.

11. Store food in glass jars instead of sandwich bags, and take a packed lunch in a resuable container, rather than buying a meal deal all wrapped in plastic.

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