To reduce your waste, buying food in bulk is ideal. However, it is not always an option. Here are a few tips for choosing the most environmentally friendly food packaging on your next trip to the grocery store.
Metals like aluminum, steel, and tin are easily recyclable. For instance, aluminum can be recycled indefinitely without losing its integrity. It is one of the most recycled metals in the world partly because doing so does not require much energy or resources.
Glass is another highly recyclable material, regardless of whether it is tinted or clear. Moreover, it is made from natural elements. Ideally, look for glass bottles that have easy to remove labels and caps. Lightweight glass is preferable because it costs less to transport.
3. Paper and cardboard
Paper and cardboard are also great packaging choices, as they can be recycled often. However, the manufacturing process for these materials uses a lot of weather, increasing their carbon footprint. Avoid paper and cardboard packages with cellophane windows as they are more difficult to recycle.
Did you know bulk food stores and some businesses like butcher shops allow you to bring your own reusable containers?