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The energy used to produce food packaging causes CO2e emissions. This adds to the potent methane released when biodegradable packaging rots in landfill.

Where possible and sensible avoid excessive food packaging. Choose low packaged food such as loose fruit and veg - their skins are their natural packaging - and meat from the butcher’s counter.  Avoid buying sachets or long life items packaged in single portions. Buy the bulk alternative. Compost any biodegradable packaging.

Food packaging plays an important role in protecting and preserving food. The emissions from packaging are usually relatively low in comparison to the emissions from the food it contains. So take care that your food is protected so that you don't waste it unnecessarily. 

Look for returnable and reusable packaging. 

It is difficult to quantify the carbon savings of some Actions. In this case we allocate a nominal CO2e per year. This is not reflective of the actual potential savings but to show that you are making a difference.  If possible we will provide representative calculations at a later date. 

Source: WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme, UK)


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Total Carbon saved on this action 488 kg CO2e
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  •  Liz Sutton: 

    I always look out for packaging within packets, such as individual sachets in a larger box or individual pods of coffee. My coffee preference is for a large pack of ground coffee and a cafetiere - easy to use and much less wasteful.

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