It’s become very hard to keep waste to a minimum but here are some ideas to make it all that little bit easier.
- Weekly meal plans – a difficult habit to start but it’s one of the biggest food waste savers there are. It’s a real money saver too and most people say that it also helps them to eat a bit better as it saves those last minute meal decisions when you are absolutely starving!
2. Shop at your local markets where you can buy a much larger amount of your shopping without the plastic. Also remember that you are buying from the person who sourced or grew or made your food so you can speak to them directly about their products and their packaging. Our local markets include the Dingwall Academy Market, Transition Black Isle Markets (Fortrose, Cromarty, Culbokie and North Kessock) and the new Moo(n) Market in Muir of Ord.
3. Check out the Moo Food community fridge (next to the Hub in Muir of Ord) The fridge is a simple solution to enable anyone to share their surplus food. The fridge will accept any kind of veg, fruit, bread, cakes and alike within their use by date.
4. Check out the Moo(n) Zerowaste market on the last Sunday of the month. This market is packed full of vintage clothes, eco-friendly products, local produce and CAKE.
5. Visit the Black Isle Dairy’s Honesty shed where you can buy a reusable glass bottle and fill your milk from their vending machine.
6. Buy your veg from our local farms – local veg farmers such as Black Isle Veg, Knockfarrel Produce and Tollie Croft Fruit & Veg will give you much more of an opportunity to get your veg without the packaging. It also tastes 100 times better as well 😊
7. Buy your bread and cheese from businesses who aren’t packaging in plastic such as Strathpeffer Artisan Bread and the Cromarty Cheese House. Can’t eat a whole loaf right now? Why not slice and freeze and then use for toasting or breadcrumbs for making burgers? Strathpeffer Artisan Bread use all of their flour bags for the compost and all of their storage boxes are reused to drop off produce or pick up from the shops, so really there is nothing at all going waste!
8. Buy your wholefoods from Let’s Go Lentil where you can bring your own container and buy as much or as little as you like, it’s weighed out for you so you decide how much you want to spend or how much you need. Also coming soon… Let’s Go Lentil Now – ready made wholefoods where you can buy your foods to go with a container deposit scheme.
9. Have a look at your cleaning products – is there a way of doing this more eco-friendly? Without the harsh chemicals and all the packaging? Trish from Enjo has some great advice on this .
10. Only buy what you need! It’s become quite normal for people to buy cheap, use once (or never in some cases) and then throw it away. This is particularly true with fashion but now it seems that vintage or pre-loved clothes are big news. We have lots of amazing charity shops around and events happening near us.