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Tips for going waste-free


Food waste.

Food waste.

Food waste.

Reducing your waste can be done with a little forethought - and forthrightness - in rejecting excess packaging. Timi Nicholson from Simplenowastelife.com says: "I agree this can be overwhelming. Convenience is something we value a lot. I had to re-learn how I cook. Before, in winter, I would empty a plastic bag of salad into a bowl - now I make winter salads from beetroot and carrot."

Here are some other simple tips…

  • Visit recyclinglistireland.ie to see what to put in your green bin.
  • Don't throw everything plastic out. Wait until you absolutely have to replace something for the Zero Waste option.
  • If you don't have a brown bin, consider a compost bin or see if a local allotment will take your food waste.
  • When shopping online, ask for reduced packaging.
  • Keep jars and plastic food containers for storage, instead of using cling film and tin foil. Cotton bags are good for perishables, visit littlegreenshop.ie.
  • Reuse what you can before disposing of it.
  • There's no law to stop a deli or butchery counter putting cheese, meat and fish into your own container, so you don't have to ditch your supermarket.
  • Accept there will be concessions: you won't be able to do everything at once. Timi admits: "I have a toddler and wouldn't like to be driving around all day doing my shopping because I would like to be with him playing."
  • If you don't live near a Zero Waste centre, visit minimalwastegrocery.com and lillysecoclean.com.

Irish Independent