Shopping at supermarkets is not fun for me. I am one of those people, who when faced with an insane amount of choice just freezes. All decisions become enormous and I just can’t handle it.
I decided to set myself the challenge of only buying products if they were zero-waste or easily recyclable. So crisp packets are o-u-t…
Firstly, there are no Wholefoods (or similar) near me.
So if you too are without a Wholefoods but still want to live a Zero-Waste lifestyle, let’s learn how to do it in the normal supermarkets that don’t shut down and break your heart. They’re also probably cheaper!
*Disclaimer* I’m a vegetarian so didn’t even think to look at meat products. Sorry!
First up: Lidl
I had low expectations for Lidl but I was pleasantly surprised! Here’s what I found:
- Porridge oats in paper bags.
- Unpackaged baked goods.
- Pickles in jars with tin lids.
- 3 bulk bins of pistachios, almonds and cashews. (That was a nice surprise.)
- And chocolate bars packaged in cardboard (I think) and foil.
- As well as a whole bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables that (at worse) had little stickers on them, which I could see myself collecting if they can’t go in the recycling.
I couldn’t find ‘quick’ foods, like crackers, crisps or biscuits without non-recyclable packaging.
I quickly became familiar with this little guy:
And quickly realised that I had no idea what this meant:
This one doesn’t mean that the packaging is/will/or can ever be recycled.
It signifies that the producer of the product has “made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.” Symbols Explained
Seems a little shitty to me, it’s all green and happy but it’s a recycling lie!
Anyway, back to the thing…
Some of the packaging was unnecessary, like the little plastic tag on the pineapple which said that it was a pineapple… why tho?
The majority of the healthy and fresh food was unpackaged and reasonably priced. I can even take a cloth bag, scoop up some almonds and pretend Wholefoods didn’t leave me forever! (Cry)
It was all of the delicious things that I binge eat in the evenings that are covered with plastic. It seems like trying to go plastic free is going to make me healthy… great…
Overall, Lidl’s got a thumbs-up from me.
But one question’s popped up from my first outing: how I’m going to ever find toilet paper?!
Thanks for reading!