Sunday, September 23, 2012
Using reusable containers for buying meat (to avoid plastic waste)
The one thing I do to prevent plastic waste, that actually works well - both for environment and for my family - is simply to bring reusable hard plastic containers to a butcher or supermarket meat counter. They can tare the scale to zero, then put in whatever I am buying. The plastic disposable bag is then unnecessary - the repetitive waste is out of the loop.
Then you can put the containers in the freezer as they are. Ha ha.
(I do sometimes get complaints if I use the meat container to pack a lunch or something. Best to keep these ones as meat containers only I guess.)
Recently though - the grocery store they built which was closer to our home was made without a meat counter, and the butchery I went to closed (likely put out of business by the grocery store, which did have alot of meat - just all on polystyrene/styrofoam trays). So I was SOL. And driving for a half hour to go to a grocery with a meat counter would not get me anywhere as I would, too ironically, create more greenhouse gas pollution. But I am proud of the fact that I went and explored and found a new place to go and do this, a pretty close drive away in our 2nd nearest shopping area. The Butcher Lady in Orewa, NZers. She'll even let me text her to make sure she has what I need unpackaged.
So just explore - I am sure you'll find a place near you that will let you do this.