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Plastic Free Shop – What Are The Benefits?

Learn how you can begin reducing the amount of plastic consumption in your life, join the fight in protecting our planet’s future, and most importantly, find out some incredible benefits of plastic free shopping in your community.


Why Choose A Plastic Free Shop?

As of right now, environmental researchers and scientists astonishingly estimate there to be approximately 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste in our oceans. Not only this, but the Big Plastic Count of 2024 shows that Snack packaging (699,932 pieces) and fruit and veg packaging (697,085 pieces) emerged as the most commonly counted plastic items from supermarkets. Plastic consumption has a negative impact for the following reasons: 

  • Plastic doesn’t biodegrade and stays in the environment for a long time
  • When it does break down, it can form microplastics which can cause negative impacts to the environment and health
  • Can cause physical damage to wildlife and marine animals 
  • Toxins are released in the plastic manufacturing process 

With that number exponentially growing every year, it’s time that we, a local and global community, begin making conscious decisions to decrease the amount of plastic consumption in our lives and minimise our negative impact on the environment.

There is no denying that we have become accustomed to the “convenience” of plastic and overly excessive packaging, especially when it comes to our foods. People have been taught to believe that more plastic equates to safer food items, than what is true. Let’s take a look at why and how you can benefit from plastic-free fruit & veg boxes, as well as bulk buying on your next grocery food shop trip.

How To Reduce Plastic Consumption In Your Food Shopping 

Here are some top tips when heading into the supermarkets for your weekly shop to help reduce plastic consumption: 

  • Look for non-plastic packaging, for example cardboard
  • Take reusable bags or see if they have alternative materials for bags 
  • Have a list of what you need to stop overconsumption 
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables 

Ordering online may be more difficult to do this, however, you can look into the company you’re buying from to see if they have sustainability pledges.

Plastic Free Shopping For Fruit & Vegetables

If you aren’t already convinced about minimising your use of plastic, here are some additional benefits for your produce shopping routines:

Keep your produce fresher & eat healthier

Plastic is often used as a way to keep foods from going expired for longer and while this may be the case for processed foods, this is not the case when it comes to fresh produce. By purchasing a plastic-free Fruit & Veg box, not only are you making steps towards reducing your carbon footprint on the planet, but you are also choosing to fuel your body with healthy foods that will remain perfectly crisp and fresh in your fridge all week long instead of eating foods that are high in processed fats, sugars, and carbohydrates.

Know your foods are locally grown

Another notable benefit about purchasing a plastic-free veg box is that a lot of the time, places that are offering these services, are buying their produce from local farmers in your community. This means that you won’t have to worry about any harmful pesticides being used to grow the foods you eat which is also a win for the environment! This also provides you with the opportunity to support your local farmers.

Local Contributions Making A Big Impact

While this may seem ridiculous at first, this benefit is also a big win if you ask us –reducing your plastic consumption means less time spent taking the garbage and recycling out. When you think about all the packaging your food comes in, think of all the garbage and recycling you create each week just from your product alone; let alone once you scale that to your road, your town, your city and then your country. Over time, this can add up in terms of time and money. Suppose you purchase a plastic-free fruit box, on the other hand. In that case, you are guaranteed to have all your fresh produce organised in a recyclable container that is easy to dispose of in one trip at the end of the week.

Final Thoughts

Here at Marvellous Greens & Beans, we understand how making the conscious decision to change your grocery shopping habits that you have been accustomed to your entire life can be difficult. However, making little changes here and there soon enough, becoming more environmentally conscious will become second nature to you and your daily lifestyle –and that starts with your produce.

Marvellous Greens & Beans is proud to offer plastic-free veg box options and plastic-free fruit & veg box options that come to your door. To learn more about our plastic-free initiatives, you can find out more about us and learn all about the incredibly eco-friendly protocols we practice daily.

Reduce Waste With A Customisable Fruit & Veg Order 

Order your fully customisable fruit and veg box with the produce you need. We have a range of sizes available, with the option to build your own box to only buy what you want and need. We have a one-off or subscription option where you can flexibly choose your deliveries across the UK and pause whenever you need a break. All of this is done easily from your account. Want to know more? Contact us online or call us on  0203 633 9822 and our friendly team will help!

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