Waste Free Feb – Day 9 – Plastic Free Fruit & Vegetables

Over the last 8 days I have given tips and advice on how to recycle as much as possible – I find that this is often the best place to start as it doesn’t involve much change.

When you have got on top of your recycling the next thing to focus on is to reduce the amount of plastic/packaging you buy in the first place.

A good place to start is with fruit & vegetables.

Our First Abel & Cole Fruit Box

There are numerous options for buying plastic free fruit and vegetables, these include:

  • Visiting your local market – they often sell ‘by the bowl’ and will tip each bowl into your own bags if asked.
  • Ordering a veg box – we order our fruit & vegetables from Abel & Cole but I have also heard good things about Riverford. Both use the least amount of plastic they can and you return the boxes for reuse.
  • Buying loose produce at the supermarket using reusable produce bags – We have the bags pictured below and they are brilliant – they are strong and have a tag attached so you can stick the price label on if you have pre-weighed. We keep these in the car in case we need to nip in for any extra fruit or veg.

Another obvious way to reduce plastic packaging is to grow your own.

Do you have space for a fruit tree in the garden or in a pot on the patio? Maybe you could grow runner beans on trellis up your fence or have a courgette plant on the edge of a flower bed? Lettuce leaves and herbs are perfect for large pots on your patio.

Generally speaking fruit, veg and herbs are easy to grow and you can have your own organic plastic free produce on your doorstep.

The easiest things to grow (in my opinion) are:

  • Lettuce leaves
  • Courgette
  • Runner / French beans
  • Carrots
  • Raspberries (drape a net over them before they go red).

If you don’t have space to grow – look out for an allotment and if you don’t have time, look for people selling their surplus produce at the end of their gardens.

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