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Food

Find zero-packaging and plastic-free options for the following:

Where to Buy:

  • Zero Waste/Refill shops sell food without packaging, and are located all around Ireland.  Food such as the following can be purchased by weight. Bring your own containers and bags:
    • Cereals, Rice, Pasta, Nuts, Seeds, Grains, Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Oils, Vinegar, Herbs, Spices, Dried Fruit, Cacao, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Flour and Snacks.
  • If you don’t have a zero waste shop in your area, most take orders online.  Deliveries are by courier and will be packaged in paper and cardboard.

Fruit and Vegetables:

Local Markets:

  • Local Farmers Markets are a good place to shop for loose fruit and vegetables. 

Greengrocers:

  • Greengrocers often sell a lot of their produce loose.

Supermarkets:

  • Supermarkets sell some fruit and vegetables loose. Bring your own (net) bags and they will be weighed at the checkout.
  • Aldi sell reusable transparent produce bags.
  • You can find frozen fruit in boxes at many supermarkets.
  • Dunnes Stores sell some tomatoes in home-compostable plastic.
  • The Honest Farmer mushrooms are sold in a cardboard box.  Company has plans to wrap them in home-compostable plastic.
  • Lidl sell apples in a cardboard box.
  • Lemons in a compostable net bag in Supervalu.

VegBox Schemes:

  • These are local schemes where vegetables and fruit are delivered to you on a weekly basis from local growers in a box without plastic.  Some VegBox schemes are listed here.  Do a google search for veg box schemes in your local area – there are many more around Ireland.

NeighbourFood:

  • NeighbourFood allows you to shop online for food that is sold in local markets. When shopping you can select ‘Plastic-Free’.  Your shop is collected once a week from your nearest collection point.  (Note that not all sellers on this site adhere strictly to the ‘plastic-free’ indication.)

How to Freeze Fruit and Vegetables

Convenience Foods:

  • Some supermarket foods (eg. burgers, sausage rolls) are packaged in cardboard, with no plastic inside the box.  These can usually be found in the freezer section.
  • Click here for more information on packaging.

Bread:

  • Unpackaged bread can be found at bakeries or farmers markets. 
  • You could try making your own bread, or invest in a bread maker.  
  • NeighbourFood has a ‘No Plastic’ option, in which case the bread should come in a paper bag.
  • Brennan’s white sliced pan – packaging is recyclable and can be placed in the recycle bin (according to Panda/Greenstar).

Milk and Yoghurt:

Snacks and Sweets:

Drinks:

Cooking and Baking:

Tin Foil:

  • Some recycling companies do not accept tin foil. (If foil is soiled with food it will contaminate the recycling process.)
  • Some recycling companies do accept foil.  (The foil must be clean. It is suggested that you make a large ball out of your foil). 
  • Alternatives to tin foil:

Greaseproof Paper:

  • Most greaseproof paper cannot be recycled or composted. 
  • If You Care parchment paper is marked as home compostable and can be bought online, or at some health shops or supermarkets. 
  • If You Carecompostable cupcake cases.

Food Storage – tips:

  • Cover food with a plate or bowl when storing in the fridge.
  • Save any paper and plastic bags to store baked goods and bread.
  • Use any plastic takeaway boxes you’ve saved to store food in the freezer.
  • Paper bags can be bought online or at some health shops.
  • Washable, re-usable and compostable wrap and food covers:

Used Cooking Oil:

Food Waste:

Restaurants, Takeaways and Coffee Shops: