Bread bought from supermarket aisles is wrapped in plastic. Brown packaging offered for fresh bread in supermarkets also often comes lined with plastic film. Upon disposal, both bags contribute to household and landfill waste. Plastic bags retain moisture and enable bread to get mouldy rapidly, leading to food waste.
- Try and buy fresh bread directly from a local bakery, using your own bag or basket
- Take a brown paper bag or bread bag to the supermarket bakery and use it to purchase bread from the fresh bread section. Reuse this bag as often as possible. Store this bag with your other shopping mesh bags and totes.
- If buying bread wrapped in plastic, carefully open the bag and continue to reuse the bag for other purposes. Here are some ways to reuse bread bags.
- To prevent bread from going stale, store it in a bread bin. A ceramic bin is a good option as it lets the bread breathe yet protects it from dry air. Alteratively, cover bread using a clean, dry kitchen towel and store in a paper bag.
- If bread does goes stale, process it into breadcrumbs or add to soup!
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- “22 facts about plastic pollution and 10 things we can do about it” by Nicole D’Allesandro on EcoWatch
- Plastic bread-bag clips in the
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cases and review of the literature by Ken J. Newell, Brian Taylor, John C. Walton, Edward J. Tweedie from the Departments of Pathology and Surgery; London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.