This must also mean a reduction in packaging. Ready meals have at least a plastic dish, film lid and cardboard or plastic box/wrapper. Supermarket "healthy goodies" often come in acres of plastic, sometimes wrapped separately in individual portions "for calorie control". Fresh fruit and veg, however, can be had with minimal packaging, as can meat and fish if you venture beyond the fluorescent-lit halls of Tesco et al. So it's great to see people recommending these things to each other - I think that is generally much more successful than a finger-wagging nanny state - right, wastebloggers? :)
Of course, it's not an absolute link. You can buy plenty of chocolate in recyclable paper and foil, and wine and beer are not known for their unrecyclable packaging either, to give two examples. But I have found that the two things are often mutually supportive:
- I make fewer frivolous/impulse purchases, and those I do make often involve fruit.
- I make more effort to buy in bulk, and use small pots and tubs to take what I need to work or out for the day.
- I bake my own cakey snacks which are tastier and more satisfying than the shop alternatives.
- I plan the week's food in advance, and don't fall victim to "I can't be bothered, let's order a takeaway" syndrome.
- I know how much food I should be eating, and I don't have lots of extra things hanging around the house being tempting.
I don't think what I do is a particular hassle. And if it has double benefits, then surely it's even more worth it! What other benefits are you all finding from your waste reduction efforts?