Starting my zero-waste journey

When I start something new, I always want to go out and buy everything new, fresh and ready. But, with this challenge I am going to resist these urges for a couple of reasons:

  1. Throwing out plastic items which are perfectly good and usable creates unnecessary waste
  2. I am hoping that I will save money in the long run ~ it would be a waste of my money ~

I am instead planning to replace items as and when they run out – giving me a chance to have a look into the alternatives available to the items I currently use.

As most of my plastic waste comes from food packaging, the first area I am focusing on is reducing my waste in the kitchen.

In order to do this I am firstly eating all the foods which are in plastic. This includes foods such as frozen chips and peas, crisps and chocolate. Once I have finished the plastic covered food I will decide whether I want to switch to a more eco version (e.g. plastic vs glass bottle of ketchup) or find alternatives such as roasted chickpeas rather than a packet of crisps.

My first trip to a zero waste store

There is a zero waste store in my town, less than a 5 minute walk from my flat. Before visiting I looked online at their stock list so I knew what was available. I assumed that they provide brown paper bags which I would be able to use when purchasing my goods, which I could later transfer into my glass containers. Unfortunately, they did not supply paper bags. I was told that I could use some of the old jars which others had left for unprepared people like me. Instead of using the jars available I decided to quickly pop home and use jars which I already own. Upon my return to the shop I purchased some popcorn kernels, split peas, dried apricots and spaghetti (which luckily came wrapped in brown paper as I do not have a long enough jar to store this in).

The struggle

I am only two weeks into this journey and I am in no way perfect at not buying plastic. The main issues I have come across are plastic from deliveries and foods such as cereal and bread.

  • I know that oats can come in paper but in my opinion cereal and porridge are two different things and I am on the hunt for a plastic free cereal
  • I thought that bakeries in supermarkets supplied brown paper bags for bread but most use plastic or a mixture of paper and plastic.

However, I’m sure there will be a solution for ~ most ~ problems I encounter on this journey.

Until next time, Susan.


  1. If you buy bread from a bakery in your lovely small town they will put it into a paper bag. It’s generally only the supermarkets that all use plastic bags.


  2. What a great start on what is a very difficult task. I also think you will be more healthy ( chick peas and apricots). Keep it up xxx


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