I always wanted to reduce my carbon footprint but living in a flat in London meant it was almost impossible to do so. Now quite by accident and as a consequence of countryside living we have done so.
I remember as a child being sent to the green grocers with a shopping bag, a list and some money. I went home with a bag of fruit and vegetables and less money. Amazingly for the youth of today there were no other bags inside the shopping; the produce I bought wasn’t but in bags. All the produce was just loose inside the bag. With the advent of supermarkets we have gone packing crazy.
Back in London we seemed to be taking rubbish to the bins on a daily basis, now we struggle to fill our wheelie bin in a month. We grow our own fruit and vegetables; no packaging, we buy milk in bulk from the local farmer; no packaging, we make our own yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese; no packaging; we buy meat in bulk; no packaging; we make our own syrups and juices; packaging recycled.
In addition to reducing our carbon footprint we also save money, because unlike in the UK you only pay for the number of refuse collections you actually want. We have just reduced ours to monthly and have just cancelled Decembers collection.
Now I know not everybody can live like us but I do think that supermarkets throughout the world could make a greater effort to limit the amount of packaging needed to take food home.