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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, these shops 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.
  • You can find frozen fruit in boxes at many supermarkets.
  • Some mushrooms are sold in a cardboard box.

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.
  • Harvest Day Vegetables – scheme that works with local farmers.

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:

  • Zero-Waste/Refill shops sell some sweet and savoury snacks loose, such as chocolate buttons, jellies, salted peanuts, Japanese crackers, etc.
  • Chocolate bars, Crisp and Biscuit wrappers can be saved and sent to Terracycle for recycling. However, there is no information available as to where this recycling takes place, and there appears to be no market for the recycled product.
  • Crisp Packet Project Cork

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: