Can you find anything in the cupboards packed in a giant-sized container breakfast cereal, for example, or those big bottles of squash? Supermarkets sell numerous giant size items, and if you’ve gone there in the car it’s easy to get them back home. Shopping in this way is considered buying in bulk and it saves on packaging. A large packet of washing powder may contain three or four times as much as a small packet but the large box does not weigh three or four times as much as the small one.
However, using a large supermarket instead of your local shops is not always a good idea. Going there by car adds to pollution and traffic jams. So if only one or two things are needed and you have shops nearby, offer to walk or cycle to get
Bags of waste
Do heaps of plastic bags fall out of the cupboard every time you open it? If so, someone in your family is probably bringing home a new carrier bag every time they go to the shops. Is it you? Take a used one with you next time and you won’t be adding to the mountains plastic on the rubbish tips.
Better still, use a proper shopping bag or basket which lasts for years. If you are still left with some old carrier bags, they can be used to line the pedal bin instead of new plastic bin liners.
Since more and more shoppers are worried that the chemicals used may not be good for our health. Supermarkets have begun to join the health food I shops in selling organic food.
Fruit and vegetables are the most common form of organic food found on sale. But there are other popular organic foods such as cereal and bread and jam, for instance. There are also foods produced by animals or insects which feed on the chemical free plants milk and honey are two. Animals fed in this way are also free of hormones and antibiotics fed to intensively farmed beasts.
At the moment, organic food is often more expensive than food grown using chemicals because organic farming is more labour- intensive and so wage bills are higher. In the course of a year, fewer crops can be grown on an organic farm than on the same area of land farmed with chemicals. Since there are still very few organic farms, they produce a smaller range of food and they cannot guarantee a regular supply to the shops. This means the farmers’ profits are likely to be lower and, because they cannot deliver in bulk, their transport costs are higher.
Supermarkets insist on packaging I organic fruit and vegetables, fc adding to the cost, so that they do not become mixed up with non organic food.