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 Farmers Markets are a good place to shop for loose fruit and vegetables.
- Greengrocers often sell a lot of their produce loose.
- 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.
- 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 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.)
- 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.
- 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:
- Make your own nut or oat milk to avoid using Tetrapaks:
- Nut Milk Machines:
- Yoghurt machine
Snacks and Sweets:
- Zero-Waste/Refill shops sell some sweet and savoury snacks.
- Chocolate bars, Crisp and Biscuit wrappers can be saved and sent to Terracycle for recycling:
- Terracyle Ireland Pringles can recycling programme
- Terracycle Ireland crisp packet recycling
- Terracycle Ireland biscuit wrapper recycling
- Terracycle Ireland chocolate wrapper recycling programme
- Lidl have an in-store plastic packaging returns scheme which includes crisp wrappers.
- Some supermarkets sell lemonade and fizzy drinks in glass bottles.
- Some supermarkets sell juice in glass bottles.
- Sparkling water – Soda Stream sparkling water maker
- Make your own fizzy drink by adding cordial to soda stream sparkling water. Cordial can be bought in glass bottles in some supermarkets and health shops.
- Homemade lemonade recipe.
- Bewley’s compostable pods
- Bellarom compostable pods
- Recycling programs:
Cooking and Baking:
- 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:
- 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 Care’ – compostable 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:
- Stainless steel lunch box.
- Industrially compostable cups and containers – from Klee Paper – only if you have a brown bin.
- Industrially compostable food containers can be bought from many online shops.
Used Cooking Oil:
- Used or leftover cooking oil should be brought to your nearest civic amenity site. The oil is usually processed into a biofuel.
- Share you leftover packets of food with people nearby on the Olio app.
- FoodCloud.ie – takes surplus food from businesses and re-distributes it.
- StopFoodWaste.ie – tips on how to eliminate food waste at home.
Restaurants, Takeaways and Coffee Shops:
- Returnr Ireland – reusable food containers and coffee cups for takeaways and coffee shops.
- Reusable collapsible coffee cups – can be bought at many of these online shops.
- Conscious Cup Campaign – has a list of coffee shops that accept keep cups. Many shops will accept them even if they are not listed here.
- Stainless steel straws.