The Rise of Zero-Waste Shopping

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There is currently more plastic in the ocean than fish; approximately 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tonnes, which is about the same as 1345 adult blue whales, and 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy.

Since a five pence charge for any single-use carrier bags was introduce accross the UK, plastic bag production, consumption and use has dropped by over 80%, but this is just the beginnning. When Sir David Attenborough called for action against the alarming level of plastic in our oceans, people all over the country are fighting against drinks bottles, straws and coffee cups; the next step is to start tackling food packaging.

Read more: Zero Waste Lifestyle, for beginners

A number of shops and shopping malls are innovating the way we buy food and other goods by taking a zero-waste approach. This ‘recycle mall’ in Sweden is the first of its kind; everything sold here is upcycled or repurposed:

There are also zero waste grocery stores popping up in the UK; an example is Bulk Market which opened 6 months ago in London, a shop that aims to inspire shoppers to be more green when it comes to food shopping:

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But how do we navigate the normal, everyday supermarkets and grocery stores with a zero waste mindset? Shoppers nationwide are engaging in a ‘Plastic Attack’ protest where food packaging is ripped away and left at the checkout to send a message to the likes of Tesco and Waitrose.

Find out more about this and all things zero-waste at The Zero Waster.

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