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Market fruit & veg without the waste

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On Sunday, I did my weekly fruit and veg shop at the little market down by Shoreditch High Street station. Not only can you get great bargains, like bowls of pointed peppers and peaches for £1, but you can also avoid the plastic packaging you get in supermarkets. I simply filled up a reusable woven shopper bag with my favourite fruit and veg (above). You may also want to bring a separate cloth bag or reusable container if you’re buying more delicate items like berries.

Around 40% of plastic is used in packaging and the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste (WRAP). The largest source of plastic packaging is the grocery retail sector, accounting for almost 1 million tonnes (or 43%) of plastic packaging (WRAP, 2016).

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Edible Cutlery: Spoon Feeding Better Behaviour

Currently, around 40 billion plastic utensils are used in the US every year, the majority of which are used just once before being discarded.  At a global level, the magnitude of this figure increases by 16 times the amount. At least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean each year. The World Economic Forum forecast that by 2050 there will be a 1:1 ratio of fish to plastic by weight in the oceans. Plastics in their original form can remain in the ocean for hundreds of years. In small particles they can remain in the ocean for even longer. The best research currently estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic waste in the ocean today!

Bakeys is launching the world’s first edible cutlery line made of three flours: rice, wheat, and sorghum. They want to create a cutlery revolution, helping to reduce waste and ocean plastic by providing an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. But they need your help: Bakeys are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to expand their collection and increase the affordability of their alternative to plastic utensils. Find out more below…