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Have you changed your shopping habits to avoid plastic?

Eight in ten consumers are willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging, according to a YouGov poll.

Thanks to increased awareness and popular programmes like Blue Planet, consumers are more aware than ever of the damage single-use plastics can do.

The poll revealed that 46% of consumers feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use and are consciously trying to use less.

What do you think? Are you consciously avoiding plastic where possible? Has it changed your shopping habits – particularly at the supermarket? 

Have you changed your shopping habits to avoid plastic?

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viking
21st Feb 2020
1
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I don't think we can ever make do without plastic in some shape or form.
However councils must try and get together so that the recycling becomes the same nationwide. Goverment have really not been interested in making councils" sing from the same hymn sheet "
I realise that there are different types of plastic, but round here milk cartons, margarine tubs, youghort tubs,food trays etc., all go to landfill or maybe somewhere else abroad.
Ash1robinson2
15th Feb 2020
0
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I agree we all need to do more to get rid of plastic. However when you take a really good look around you and see how much of our homes and environment contain plastic it would be an impossible task to get rid of it all. Therefor we need to stop producing it and find a useful way of recycling the plastic we have. My plastic plant pots have gone and yes clay pots are more expensive but only slightly and they recycle naturally. I am now working my way through my kitchen bit by bit. Glass storage jars instead of plastic. Every little change helps. I hope.
PurpleHat
14th Feb 2020
1
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I find that plastic containers for shampoo etc are very wasteful as one cannot squeeze or roll them up to get all of the product out, especially with elderly fingers, and veg such as mushrooms. peppers and tomatoes sweat and go off in plastic bags and trays, they keep so much better in card containers It makes economic sense to ditch the plastic!!!
Ash1robinson2
15th Feb 2020
0
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I agree plastic packaging for lots of fruit and veg is awful and shorten the life of the products. ASDA have started selling drawstring mesh bags, 3 for a £1 and they are washable and reusable x
PurpleHat
15th Feb 2020
1
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Thanks for that! I bought 2 mesh bags from Lidl a few weeks back and would have liked some more. I will try at Asda. My carrots and other roots kept well .
terryBW
14th Feb 2020
0
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Our retailers should do more, and get out from under the excuse that it will cost more
Budablest
3rd Feb 2020
0
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Plastic packaging must stop or at least be reduced to absolute minimum..surely banana leaves could play a role in future packaging
justabout
2nd Feb 2020
0
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don'y need plastic to hold goods or produce together. D0n,t be lazy pick up separately,
SueC62
29th Jan 2020
0
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I keep a good selection of heavy duty 'bags for life' and cotton shopping bags to carry my shopping and I also bought some mesh bags for fruit and veg but it's difficult getting any that isn't already pre-packed in plastic. And most fruit and veg neatly comes in it's own natural wrapping, peel, so if I'm only getting a few carrots etc I just put them in my basket as they are. But I really need to ditch bin liners in the kitchen; it's just laziness, cutting down how often the bin needs cleaning. In the bedrooms and lounge, I've lined the bins with clear plastic bags that items bought online came in. They protect the bins from any moisture and I just tip the contents in to the kitchen bin liner when I'm emptying it. I need to just take all the bins directly to the outside bin, really.
unclehefty
21st Jan 2020
0
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3S10 years is, perhaps a tad close to trying to reevaluate my impact on the world via plastic, but I am doing so. Yet my meagre efforts are thwarted by the manufacturers of even the most basic foodstuffs - including cakes and biscuits - to find plastic free wrappings. The most infuriating are those 'window packs' where the product is lovingly displayed through a cellophane window that we have to tear out before we recycle. Second on my list are Tassimo coffee pods (other brands are available) of which we use quite a few, and which contain foil, plastic net filters, a plastic bowl and then the coffee itself. The nearest recycling centre for us is some 35 miles away, which seems to defeat the objective.
janebooth
17th Jan 2020
1
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There is still so much plastic wrapping it is all so difficult to avoid . Supermarkets should do far to reduce the amount they use.
unclehefty
21st Jan 2020
0
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Jane, its not the manufacturers but the retailers who hold the whip hand here.
viking
15th Jan 2020
0
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I can assure everybody that we in this country are light years behind Scandinavia. The main problem here is that there is no nationwide scheme for the reuse of plastic [or any other waste come to that].
It seems that each individual council have their own ideas on the subject and continuous wrangling over who will pay for state of the art recycling factories. The subject just is'nt taken seriously in this country.
Bryn3
11th Jan 2020
0
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i try to avoid plastic as much as possible but i still think supermarkets should do more, like selling a lot of loose produce it would save waste and plastic wrappers on fruit and veg ect, there is no need for fresh food to be wrapped a quick wash when you get it home and its fine. Recycling should happen more aswel.
Jenny-lou1
9th Jan 2020
0
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I rely on home delivery so don't get total choice, where possible I buy glass bottles and buy my veg lose which then comes in paper bags. I have to be careful what I spend so it's not always possible to pay more. I hope the supermarket works quickly on the issue of plastic.
Cossybabe
9th Jan 2020
1
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As a large % of fruit and veg gets damaged when loose the prepacked items will be cheaper. More sustainable cheaper alternatives must be found
JillR76
9th Jan 2020
1
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It’s just been on the news that supermarkets trying to cut out plastic are still getting it wrong. Apparently glass is to heavy and uses more fuel to transport, paper bags cause more carbon pollution, cardboard cartons can’t be recycled.
What are we supposed to do?
Susanclaresmith
9th Jan 2020
1
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Shopping for Christmas veg at Tesco I noticed that pre-packaged foods cost far less than loose ones. Presumably the reason is that it must be quicker at the point of payment, but it makes it very hard to choose the no-plastic option when shopping on a budget
Maggiefaulkner
9th Jan 2020
1
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Surely wrapping vegetables in plastic must cost more than leaving them without it? Broccoli heads in plastic - come on!!
SoniaG6
9th Jan 2020
2
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I am fed up with going to supermarkets and having to buy vegetables already packed in plastics, and no recyclable plastic. It makes me so cross.
Kes
8th Jan 2020
2
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It's not just peoples buying habits that need to change. Manufacturers must change what they are doing. Their promises are not coming to fruition quickly enough. Targets are set too far in the future. The science is there, the technology is there, the common sense is there, but the fast action isn't. If the excess plastic and over packaging isn't there, then people won't be buying it, or need to recycle it.
Wilf
8th Jan 2020
2
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After seeing all the David Attenborough programmes about the sea awash with plastic I would hope that it is an urgent consideration to reduce it significantly. Yes I try and limit buying plastic if I can.
Yodama
7th Jan 2020
4
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I would have thought we would pay less since the cost for expensive packaging is done away with.
I feel sure the prices went up to absorb the cost of packaging in the first place.
Just a huge con in my estimation.
Bald123
7th Jan 2020
1
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I forgot to add on my comment below yes we are more careful about what we buy with plastic and refer to it as "plastic tat" i.e. rubbish. Its the governments who need to bring in legislation to sort this mess out and companies who produce the plastic/bottles etc to be shamed into producing recyclable plastics.
Bald123
7th Jan 2020
2
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We have seen a Netflix programme and only 8-9% of plastic that is put in our recycle bins is actually recycled which is dreadful and a total waste of money for all involved plus masses of extra diesel with all the bin lorries collecting it. It cannot be beyond the wit of the government to legislate for products to be made of recycled plastic-can it?
Munsterlander
7th Jan 2020
3
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I do all possible to NOT use plastic bags. I have to say the amount of plastic in supermarkets is obscene although I see Morrison's are trying to reduce people using them and I think use paper bags as well which at least break down or are reusable.

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