Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Excess packaging

Click here for a long and detailed article from The Independent Online Edition about the packaging of consumer products in the UK. The article has a strong focus on plastic packaging - why there is so much of it, how we feel about it and what happens to it once we're done with it.

If you're wondering what you can do to reduce the amount of food packaging you are wasting, I would recommend trying an organic box scheme. Many parts of Britain now have at least one local farm that will deliver fresh, organic fruit and vegetables regularly to your door. You should find there is less packaging on your food (especially plastic), and also less fuel is needed to supply you with it. Locally grown food also has the advantage of being very fresh - practically straight out of the ground - and this, combined with the organic farming method, means a tastier and healthier product for you.

Farmers' Markets are another good way of getting food that is fresh, local and not excessively packaged. Find a Farmers' Market near you.


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