Here’s what to do with your leftover food instead of binning it
Never buy lunch again
Words by Sophie Hockings
The last five years has seen the return of Doc Martins, the jelly sandal, and the scrunchie, but one trend that is sure to make a more meaningful impact on the world could be summarised by the age-old mantra waste not, want not. With the opening of the first zero-waste supermarket in London, and Zero-Waste entrepreneurs influencing thousands via Instagram, sustainability is firmly back in fashion. We spoke to some of our favourite food waste bloggers and entrepreneurs to find out how we can start saving in the kitchen, and why, when it comes to food waste, the most important thing is to #startsomewhere.
Ingrid Caldironi, Founder ofBulk Market, London’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket
Ingrid opened London’s first zero-waste food market in Dalston this year. She told us why: ‘Bulk Marketwas born from my own needs. I wanted to go zero waste but I realised how difficult it can be to shop this way in supermarkets. I used to spend at least 4 hours every Saturday doing my grocery run, going to different shops in London to buy different items, and hygiene products were a pain to find plastic free. I knew that I wasn’t alone and that there was a real need for a one stop shop for everything zero waste. Not only was plastic packaging a problem, I also wanted to support companies with a mission aligned to the circular economy, committed to caring for the environment, animals and people. My shop is how I think a grocery should be: supporting local, seasonal, bulk and organic.
‘Buying things in bulk reduces the plastic packaging you take home, makes your life easier (no more fights over who is taking the rubbish out!) and also forces you to be healthier (no processed food in sight). Plastic is a highly-engineered material designed to last for centuries, which in 95% of the cases is tossed in the bin after its first use. Plastics can be very complex and contain a lot of different layers, which makes their recycling-value very limited, whereas cardboard, glass and metal can be widely recycled. Their effects in human health are also worrying: as plastics find their way into oceans, they enter our food chain and create a massive pollution. Even plant-based bio-plastics need specific temperatures and environment to successfully break down in nature.
Ingrid’s top tips for tackling food waste:
- Start by eliminating the 5 big offenders: disposable coffee cups, disposable water bottles, plastic straws, disposable plastic cutlery, and plastic carrier bags. Reusable alternatives are stylish and better for the planet.
- Arm yourself with a zero-waste basic survival kit, complete with bamboo cutlery or a spork, a reusable coffee cup with can double as a drinking cup, a reusable straw and an organic cotton bag.
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