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Plastic not fantastic: Plastic-free food storage ideas

Try our tips to avoid plastic at home including plastic alternatives and shopping smart.


By Cleanipedia Team

Glass containers with food

We all know that we need to reduce single use plastics, but plastic is used to package and store a huge percentage of the food we buy. If you are thinking about going plastic free there are some easy switches you can make to use sustainable food storage. Try our tips; from alternatives to plastic Tupperware to learning to shop smart, we can help.

Frozen convenience foods are one of the worst offenders when making the change to plastic alternatives. Try to shop and cook fresh by making your own chips, burgers and more.

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Five easy switches you can make to plastic alternatives

Did you know there are some easy plastic alternatives that you can make the switch to today? Here are our top five swaps:

  1. Canvas and mesh bags are a perfect alternative to plastic bags. Use canvas or cotton shoppers to carry your shopping and mesh bags to pick up loose fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packaged convenience foods.
  2. Glass jars and metals containers are ideal plastic free food storage ideas. Why not reuse jars you’ve washed out or invest in glass or stainless-steel storage containers?
  3. Paper bags make a great alternative to plastic containers to carry your lunch to work. These are recyclable and better for the environment.
  4. Did you know disposable nappies, wipes and sanitary products are full of plastics? Make the switch to washable, reusable cloth alternatives for your make-up wipes, kid’s products and more if you can.
  5. Wash products from shampoo to body wash can be bought in bars. Rather than using products in plastic bottles, pick up plastic free bars instead.

Now you have some tops tips from sustainable food packaging options to making smart choices when shopping. If we each make lots of small changes, we can help to make the world a better place for future generations.

Key Steps

Help yourself and your family go plastic free by:

  • Using reusable cotton bags for your shopping.
  • Buying loose fruit and veggies, putting them into mesh bags.
  • Reusing empty glass jars or investing in glass and stainless-steel containers for food.
  • Switching to washable products like cloth nappies, make-up wipes and more.
  • Buying shampoo and soap in bars instead of plastic bottles.

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