Tips on Reducing Plastic at the Supermarket

Salman Zafar:

Skip the individual size packages. Instead buy the largest box or bottle possible. This cuts down on the amount of plastic needed for each product.

Originally posted on Don't Mess with Dahab:

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Lately, I’ve been blogging mostly about how to REDUCE plastic when shopping for food at supermarkets and green grocers. Here’s a quick summary of tips:

And if all else fails,

  • BUY THE LARGEST PACKAGE AVAILABLE. Skip the individual size packages. Instead buy the largest box or bottle…

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Complexities in Food Waste Generation

While we produce about four billion tonnes of food annually, it is estimated that 30-50% of this never reaches our plates. Of the food that does reach us, some western societies throw away up to a third of all food purchased. This has enormous implications for the global environment, from wasting the water used to grow the food to adverse effects on climate, land and biodiversity. The drivers behind these phenomenal levels of food waste are complex and include food pricing, logistical and storage issues. 


There is an urgent need for legislation to enforce separate food waste collections, not only to ensure it was diverted to anaerobic digestion or composting, but also as it led to greater self awareness around food waste.

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Tips for Performing Green Hajj

The Hajj has an enormous environmental footprint. During Hajj, huge quantities of wastes are generated which needs to be appropriately collected, handled and managed. Other impacts are of water use and wastewater generation and treatment, transporting vehicles causing terrible air pollution damaging the health of the pilgrims, littering causing choking of public infrastructures, plastic bottles, used diapers, food packaging etc. are an eyesore. 


We need to understand that respective authorities plan, spend and provide facilities to match with the huge number of Haj pilgrims, but the irresponsible attitude of many people jeopardize the environmental resources. 

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Significance of Glass Recycling

Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled. Energy costs are reduced 2-3% for every 10% cullet used in the manufacturing process. 


There are environmental, economic and social advantages of recycling glass. These advantages include conserving valuable natural resources and raw materials used in industry. By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil and deep excavations for minerals. Making products from recycled materials creates less air and water pollution than making products from virgin materials. Saving energy reduces acid rain, global warming and air pollution. Making products from recycled ingredients often uses much less energy than producing the same product from raw materials. 

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Tips for Increasing Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

Owning a vehicle is quite expensive but most people don’t realize it. Not many people sit down and calculate how much fuel, repairs and insurance premiums cost them for a year. 


Larger cars with bigger engines will naturally burn more gas and you should think about it when you are buying them. If you must have them you can probably make your second car a hybrid to even things out. 

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Biomass Usage in Hotels

Establishments across Europe have been using biomass boilers, burning sustainable fuel to heat their buildings and water, for many years and the trend is also picking up at a steady pace across the UK.


With the cost of fossil fuel rising at alarming rates, it’s little wonder that hotels and other businesses are flocking to biomass installers to save their businesses. Investing this upfront capital in your hotel can mean many more profitable years in business, happier guests and a boosted contribution to protecting our environment. Finding this capital isn’t always easy, but attractive finance packages are available in further support of this positive energy movement.

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Bottled Water – Bane for the Environment

Bottled water is widely used by people from all walks of life and is considered to be convenient and safer than tap water. A person on an average drinks around 2.0 liters of water a day and may consume 4-6 plastic bottles per day. 


Water bottles manufacturing, transportation, distribution and again collection and disposal after its use create enormous pollution in terms of trash generation, global warming and air pollution. The transportation of bottled water from its source to stores alone releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide.

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