Julia wrote to me about plastic waste; which has been troubling her for years.
She felt no one cared, but finding Zero Waste Week helped her realise there are MILLIONS of us who care!
Julia had a particular query about plastic packaging on the foods she buys.
She wrote, “I loathe plastic packaging on foods like lentils, pasta, rice, crisps, dog kibble etc.. and it really upsets me. I hate putting it in landfill.
I was recycling lots of plastic( shampoo, bleach, milk etc) and thought I was doing my bit but I realise it’s better to not buy it in the first place!
I would first of all like help with getting my favourite foods without plastic packaging, lentils are my favourite food so that’s my first question to you.”
Lentils aren’t easy to buy without plastic packaging and the sort I have seen are in the non-recyclable plastic.
So here are four suggestions each with pros and cons:
You may strike lucky in a store like Unpackaged, or Wholefoods where you can buy loose goods in your own containers. Unfortunately there aren’t many stores in the UK offering this service at the moment so it’s a bit of a postcode lottery.
You can buy lentils pre-prepared in tins, which can be easily recycled. However these work out more expensive to buy and if you want red lentils are not easy to get hold of.
You could join (or set up) a food co-operative from a wholesaler like Suma.
From there you can buy huge bags to decant; yes the lentils come in plastic but it’s usually a thick plastic you can either reuse or can be recycled at some stores with carrier bags.
Grow your own!
I’ve never tried it, but it’s possible, right?
Have you found lentils without non-recyclable packaging?