Diminuer l'utilisation de plastique à usage unique

Simple Ways to Cut Back on Single-Use Plastic in Your Life

Down with disposable packaging!

The role of plastic and single-use food packaging is as practical as it is functional. The packaging allows companies to create an attractive visual that will attract the consumer, while being adapted to the optimal conservation of your food. Why should we reduce our use in this case? We give you information and tips to reduce the use of plastic in your food.

Why reduce packaging and plastic use?

The packaging industry has a huge environmental impact. Every day, unimaginable amounts of polystyrene, microplastic and other substances from packaging end up in the oceans and in your environment. This affects both marine species and human life.

  • Did you know that...

    the Canadian government has even taken steps to reduce plastic waste and pollution with a single-use plastic law?

You should know that food packaging has an environmental impact, and that you should either reduce its use or eliminate it in the best way possible. Currently, great efforts are being made by several actors to offer you new concepts that will help you consume your food in a more “green” way.

How to reduce food packaging waste?

Now that you know why it is beneficial to reduce your use of food packaging, we present you with a few practical tips to implement it in your daily life:

  • Have your own reusable grocery bags;
  • Don’t use plastic bags for fruits and vegetables;
  • Have your own reusable vegetable and fruit bags;
  • Visit your local bakery and put the bread in a cloth bag;
  • Visit your local zero-waste grocery store;
  • Clean and store your food containers for reuse;
  • Cooking more dry legumes than canned ones;
  • Avoid buying plastic water bottles.

Do you go to a zero waste grocery store?

Zero waste and bulk grocery stores are becoming increasingly popular. Just bring clean, reusable containers (empty yogurt cups, Tupperware, canning jars, cloth bags…) and put your chosen ingredients in them. These stores mostly carry dry goods, such as nuts, seeds, dried legumes, cereal grains and even candy.

More and more of these grocery stores also carry wet ingredients. Oils can be purchased in your own container, as can nut butters and even tofu. This is the ideal solution when you only have small quantities to buy, instead of buying a big bag of chickpea flour to forget in the pantry!

Products available on the market

Over the past few years, you may have noticed an increase in reusable packaging products available on the market. From water bottles to cloth grocery bags to bamboo utensil kits to carry in your lunches. The selection is growing, and you can find an eco-friendly option for every product imaginable.

  • Effective alternative!

    Reusable bags for fruits and vegetables are a great alternative to small, fragile plastic bags that are not reusable!

Reusable snack bags

Available in a variety of colors, patterns, materials and sizes, snack bags should be your item of choice as you transition to a less plastic lifestyle. These bags are ideal for foods that you would have placed in a Ziploc bag, such as a nut mix, crackers or a slice of bread. For wetter foods, silicone bags or bags made with a more waterproof membrane will be your best bet.

Mason jars

At your zero-waste grocery store, these jars will prove to be your best friends. Available in various sizes, they can hold and help preserve your flours, nuts and seeds. They can also replace your plastic bottle for a variety of drinks to go.

The new food trays

You notice a change in the butchery counters of your favorite supermarket? It may even be spreading to the produce section already. A new food tray made of certified cardboard is making its way onto the shelves. Made from recycled fibers and a water-based coating, the tray keeps your food fresh and intact, then recycles easily when you no longer need it.

While many solutions exist to reduce the use and disposal of food packaging, the main environmental issue related to food is waste. It sounds good to reduce your use of food packaging, but if it doesn’t help you store your food properly and you’re throwing away more, it’s a good idea to think again. Instead, try to gradually reduce your use of plastic and food packaging, with a transition to bulk!