I’m just home from the local supermarket, my first visit of the year. Nellie requested sausages, mash, peas and Yorkshire puddings with gravy for dinner ‘no problem’, I said. After a quick mooch around the larder and freezer my list was complete – butter, milk, sausages, potatoes and cleaning products.
Nellie and I headed to the frozen aisle of our local Waitrose first to see what plastic free pickings were on offer. Great news if you’re vegetarian or vegan as all the Linda McCartney and Cauldron range are boxed in cardboard. Bad news if you fancy pastry, meat, seafood or frozen goodies such as ice-cream.
Next stop, the deli counter for Nellie’s chipolatas – I asked for five perfectly thin organic chipolatas but quickly realised all meat produce was weighed and served out in thin plastic bags. There was no alternative, no paper substitute and so we waved goodbye to our porky friends.
I came home carrying an unwrapped loaf of bread in my hands, the paper bags in the bakery aisle were faced with plastic on one side. No cleaning products to be had either.
What did I learn? I was woefully unorganised and only managed to bag veggie sausages, potatoes and butter. Tomorrow our first doorstep milk delivery arrives in old-fashioned glass pint bottles, the only problem is that once our cornflakes run out we won’t be able to throw a replacement box in the trolley on our next grocery outing, plastic is king when it comes to food packaging and if we are going to succeed on this mission we will have to think like ninjas.