I’ve now been attempting to shop plastic free for nearly a month, and the hardest part has definitely been finding plastic free food items. I still haven’t managed to find some items without plastic (e.g. milk, hot chocolate, gravy powder, herbs, salt, condiments and beans/lentils/rice/pasta).
Even when items come in cardboard tubs, the lid is still plastic, and although I know that glass bottled milk can be found in some areas, there are areas where the milk man brings plastic bottles anyway (and in my area I can’t get milk from a milkman). Even though I have a salt and pepper shaker (not plastic) I still need to buy the bulk packs to top them up, which are always plasticised.
These things seemed to be A LOT easier to source plastic free when I was living in African countries. Milk was always in glass bottles (if available at all), while items such as hot chocolate, salt, herbs, pasta, rice and beans were found in every market (run in every town twice a week) and people brought their own storage containers to buy items by the 100g. I’ve been looking everywhere for somewhere local(ish) which would allow me to do this. But, alas, have reached a dead end.
All the health retailers, and local producers now package their products, and the food markets do not seem to stock this type of food.
On the plus side, I’ve found that bread, cheese, butter, fruit and veg are very very easily sourced plastic free at farmers markets, food markets and local stores (bakeries and veg stores). They are always very friendly and when I mention that I don’t require plastic bags they often offer me paper ones (which is brilliant as I use these for containing my compostable food waste). Definitely a HUGE step forward in enabling me to fullfill my journey!