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Here’s a plastic pollution figure that’ll make your jaw drop: since the 1950’s, around 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide - and only 9% of it has been recycled.

For a material that can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade naturally, this is a pretty scary statistic - especially if you care about kind-of important things like wildlife, the ocean and the entire range of ecosystems that hold our biosphere together.

So how can you help? It’s easy. Reduce the amount you rely on single-use plastics by making some simple, practical changes to the way you store, preserve and consume food and drink.

Buy unpackaged foods.

Pretty much every item you buy in the supermarket comes complete with its own single-use packaging, and in many cases, it’s only there to help you take it home. That’s why so many stores are offering zero-waste shopping solutions, which allow you to purchase long-life dry foods like pasta, cereals, pulses, sugar, flour and spices by weight and take them home in your own containers.

Not only are you saving the planet, you’re not paying the usual hidden packaging cost - meaning you’re saving money too. So grab yourself a set of VonShef Glass Storage Jars, find your nearest waste-free store and start saving!

Freeze sustainably.

When you’ve got food or ingredients leftover, freezing them in a resealable plastic bag for later is a great way to reduce food waste. But if you’re guilty of doing so without then reusing the plastic bag for future freezings, you might want to consider using freezer-safe VonShef Glass Containers instead. They’re easy to clean, and unless you’re feel extravagantly wasteful, you won’t have the option to just bin them after one use.

Make your own dressings & cordials.

Most condiments and cordials come in recyclable plastic bottles, but the process of producing the plastic and breaking it down for reuse still requires a significant amount of energy. If you want to go one step further, try making your own vinaigrettes, dressing and cordials at home.

With the VonShef Set of 6 Glass Clip Top Bottles, you can store your creations and lock out air to preserve them for longer. You could even take your oil further by buying it in large quantities, splitting it between the bottles and infusing each one with a flavour of your choice!

Make your own dried snacks.

They might be as tasty as they are convenient, but on-the-go snacks such as crisps and chocolate are unhealthy and usually packaged in difficult to recycle single-use plastics. So if you’re looking to improve your own health, as well as the planet’s, invest in a VonShef 6-Tier Dehydrator.

From beef jerky to banana chips, a dehydrator can unlock a world of no-added-fat dried snacking that’s as good for you as it is the environment. All it takes is a bit of preparation and a resealable bag to take your own homemade snacks on the go, again and again and again!

Buy unpackaged foods.

Pretty much every item you buy in the supermarket comes complete with its own single-use packaging, and in many cases, it’s only there to help you take it home. That’s why so many stores are offering zero-waste shopping solutions, which allow you to purchase long-life dry foods like pasta, cereals, pulses, sugar, flour and spices by weight and take them home in your own containers. Not only are you saving the planet, you’re not paying the usual hidden packaging cost - meaning you’re saving money too. So grab yourself a set of VonShef Glass Storage Jars, find your nearest waste-free store and start saving!

Freeze sustainably.

When you’ve got food or ingredients leftover, freezing them in a resealable plastic bag for later is a great way to reduce food waste. But if you’re guilty of doing so without then reusing the plastic bag for future freezings, you might want to consider using freezer-safe VonShef Glass Containers instead. They’re easy to clean, and unless you’re feel extravagantly wasteful, you won’t have the option to just bin them after one use.

Make your own dressings & cordial.

Most condiments and cordials come in recyclable plastic bottles, but the process of producing the plastic and breaking it down for reuse still requires a significant amount of energy. If you want to go one step further, try making your own vinaigrettes, dressing and cordials at home. With the VonShef Set of 6 Glass Clip Top Bottles, you can store your creations and lock out air to preserve them for longer. You could even take your oil further by buying it in large quantities, splitting it between the bottles and infusing each one with a flavour of your choice!

Make your own dried snacks.

They might be as tasty as they are convenient, but on-the-go snacks such as crisps and chocolate are unhealthy and usually packaged in difficult to recycle single-use plastics. So if you’re looking to improve your own health, as well as the planet’s, invest in a VonShef 6-Tier Dehydrator. From beef jerky to banana chips, a dehydrator can unlock a world of no-added-fat dried snacking that’s as good for you as it is the environment. All it takes is a bit of preparation and a resealable bag to take your own homemade snacks on the go, again and again and again!