I Tried Zero Waste Grocery Shopping at Sainsbury's

I Tried Zero Waste Grocery Shopping at Sainsbury's

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  • Sustainably Vegan Reply

    I hope you enjoy the video *sorry about the audio* my microphone is so bad…

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Zoe Bedford Reply

    I live in a city where it is possible to be reasonably zero waste, but not completely and not without going to a number of locations which is time consuming and often quite expensive

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Mulan 121 Reply

    I once emailed Sainsbury's asking them to please stop packaging their organic bananas in plastic bags and they politely told me to piss off.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Craig Johnson Reply

    Sooooo frustrating that the things in recyclable packaging are more expensive and omg thosr tomatoes are hugely expensive! At Asda I cannot find loose tomatoes at all!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Lucy Hewitt Reply

    bit disappointed that you compliment Salisbury for correctly displaying info on recycling + Co on packaging and not the other brands but then state that Salisbury's need to do better.. i think we should focus more on the food brands that sell through Salisbury and Tesco and do even less!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Lily Pollard Reply

    I love this! it would be awesome if you could make a video where you do the same thing in Tesco (:

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Eliza Belly Dance Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this. I live in the UK and it has really helped me

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Ally Reply

    I shop at my local Tesco Extra and have learnt tips and tricks along the way. I also shop at ZeroWaste shops, Farmers Market, Greengrocers, bakeries and Butchers too, its a mixture of Stores as it depends on location, time and what I'm doing

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • The Tattooed Crafter Reply

    Loved the video. I too find it difficult to complete a full shop on zero waste. It’s starting to change in our supermarkets but not enough to make a huge difference just yet.
    Waitrose in Oxford have a trial period of zero waste area, it’s just a shame that all supermarkets are jumping on this bandwagon.
    Would be interested to see how you do in Aldi or Asda. X

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • A R Reply

    I live in Scotland (non British) and can’t get over the fact that healthy food not just zero waste is hard to come by here.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Gnomi N Reply

    I'm definitely noticing how hard this is as I travel Scotland with my dad. We had to go to a second store just to find oats in paper, and most of the produce is all bundled up in plastic. I saw apples in cardboard rather than plastic (which was exciting cuz I've never seen it before) but they had a little pointless pleastic seal on them which I do not understand. We bought them unpackaged for about the same as in package which was nice though! I'm looking at going to school in St. Andrews, Scotland, but I'm not sure just because plastic-free vegan groceries will be so dang hard (and, of course, it's far from home 🙂 )

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Ksenija Nazarova Reply

    Thank you for the video Immy, it made me more aware of how I can reduce my waste when grocery shopping. I work at Sainsbury's and the thing that bothers me that even the stuff that is unpackaged on the shelves will still come in some kind of plastic for shipping. For example, I don't know if you noticed but those bananas (which I buy myself regularly) come in a box that is lined with a massive plastic bag so although we're avoiding the individual plastic bags there's still quite a lot of plastic involved (which hopefully will get reused/recycled, I should find out more about what they do with it). But thanks for the tip on choosing the single bananas, I'll be using it in the future! 🙂

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Nina Cooper Reply

    Bananas can be picked unripe so always come by boat ☺

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • theteadiffusionvlog Reply

    At the large Sainsbury's near me there is a delicatessen counter selling things like cold meat, cheese, some antipasti like olives and sun-dried tomatoes. I imagine zero waste might be easier at the counter. For the same reason Morrisons might be an interesting supermarket to go through the same test.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Jo Talks Reply

    I'm a bit bemused by all the comments saying, "I buy single bananas now" to avoid 'waste' (or packaging that you have to deal with at home) without realising that bananas generally come from south America…. so the food miles are bonkers and the amount of resources that it takes to get them to the UK are phenomenal. Not to mention the potential for modern slavery in the supply chain. Same with lots of tropical fruits, they're TROPICAL and the UK is not. Ditch the 'nanas, eat apples and other fruit that are from the UK if you want to take a more holistic approach to minimising your impact on the environment and not simply focus on plastics and packaging.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Socially Awkward Sam Reply

    This helps a lot! Sainsbury's is my local shop at uni, and there's a great market in the city centre with zero waste shops, but recently I've been going to Sainsbury's more as it's closer. I made sure to get a house next year that's much nearer to the market, so then my zero waste journey will be a lot easier! One thing that I've been concerned about is that most canned foods aren't actually plastic free, and neither is cardboard used to hold food; turns out "nearly all tin cans are plastic lined with epoxy resin" (https://ulinx.net/HJN4) and the cardboard containers like the ones for the Linda McCartney sausages would also be coated with a very thin layer of plastic. This is a lot more preferable to fully plastic packaging, though. What is your opinion on this? Alsooo I thought you would have covered it, but I always get really annoyed at the stickers on loose fruit and veg, as they're really unnecessary. If the bananas need to be shown as being fairtrade, it should be on the permanent label on the shelf. Apples are the only ones I wouldn't be sure how to deal with, as some of the varitieties are very similar in appearance. Anyway, love your videos and I look forward to seeing more of these! <3

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Kitzy A Reply

    Just a quick FYI – All bananas we eat in the UK come in by boat (at least, the ones from the Caribbean, which is where most of them come from) these boats are called reefers, and mostly arrive to portsmouth – they are then transported by lorry.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Lilly Wentworth Reply

    Madeline Olivia is doing something similar but for vegan foods 🙂

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Catriona Edmonds Reply

    Morrisons please!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Lucy Collison Reply

    I went vegetarian a few months ago and I love the Linda McCartney range! I was so happy to find them in just cardboard. I am 14 and I am really passionate about plastic waste and climate change. You inspire me so much Immy!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Bogna Groniecka Reply

    I completely agree, lack of symbols on the packaging is so annoying.I started messaging companies recently wheather their packaging is recyclable or not. Some of the answers are very confusing… Love your channel!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Jess Owen Reply

    I’d definitely do this at LIDL if you have one near you. They have a great bakery section that’s package free and most shops have nuts you can buy in bulk. Salted/dry roasted varieties unfortunately but still great for snaaackkkks!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Tatyana Viznyak Reply

    About plant based milk. When I started looking for a more zero waste alternative to the tetra brik I actually found a almond milk concentrate in a glass jar. So you just disolve a teaspoon in a glass of water and voilà here you have your almond milk. And I just reuse the glass jar. But that's in Spain, I don't know if in UK you have something similar.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • James X Reply

    Why do they price tomatoes each and put bloody stickers on them? Just do on a weight basis

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Anne Reply

    The problem with the recycling labelling is that it's still not mandatory (in UK anyway), and they can choose whatever symbol style they like. The OPRL (on most supermarket branded stuff) is a good one to trust, but look out for the 'green dot' (often black) as this only means the company has paid an amount towards waste management (not necessarily recyclable)

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Rebecca Rowland Reply

    I shop at sainsburys and I get really annoyed that some of the loose veg and fruit as a sticker on it with a barcode? Potatoes don't have them. 🙄

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Luke Shepherd Reply

    Sainsbury's own brand herbs come in glass jars with an aluminium lid which is really good to put your home grown herbs in afterwards. The plastic label is unfortunate but if you put the same herb back in it doesn't matter.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Kelly Robinson Reply

    Great video, could you try Morrison’s? I personally think it’s the best supermarket, in my area anyway, for lowering waste. It’s been great for getting rice and lentils in cardboard without the bloody cardboard window, great veg selection, lots of loose bread etc and also own brand vegan frozen options in cardboard. Might be worth a shot 👍🏼

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Thora Williams Reply

    Lidl/Aldi

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Ren Bennett Reply

    could you make a video on recycling symbols?

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Emelia Söderlund Reply

    Thank you Immy!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Josiah McCarthy Reply

    It was so cute when you put the bag on your head! Nice video, I've also enjoyed Shelbi's grocery shopping videos. Also, really good music for that montage in the store.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Fashion and Frappes Reply

    Love your videos. Could you give us some tips on where and which shops in London you shop at?

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • rachel craddock Reply

    Thank you,I frequently shop for my family at Sainsbury’s and make similar choices to you.
    I found in Sainsbury’s ‘Goodlife’,a company who make vegan and vegetarian pre-prepped food like bean burgers.So far everything I’ve bought from them is just boxed in cardboard.
    Mayby a petition through change.org would make Sainsbury’s take notice.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Louise T Reply

    Haha, your experience in the oats aisle exactly mirrored mine when I went to Sainsburys the other day. Aldi and Lidl have affordable oats that are wrapped in paper, so I tend to just go there, but those shops are more out of my way. Sainsburys need to do way better with their packaging, and companies in general need to be made to put clear and exhaustive information about how their packaging needs to be disposed of on the product. I bought some maple syrup from Sainsburys that clearly showed that the glass container and metal lid were recyclable, but it didn't mention anything about the plastic stopper thing inside the container. Anyway, rant over XD

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Erin Coull Reply

    Have you tried ecobricking any non-recyclable plastic waste? You simply put the items into a coke bottle until it is stuffed and they are used to make buildings and benches. https://ecobrickexchange.org/views/home.php

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • just me Reply

    I love your videos. I started my day today with this lovely video although I am not living in the UK 😂. But I would like to move to Scotland in a few years. I really hope that a lot of things will change before I will go grocery shopping there 😂.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Rebekah Tucker Reply

    I never thought about picking single bananas… thank you for informing me!!!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Rebekah Tucker Reply

    Could you do some cooking videos? I would love to watch them!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Sofia Thomas Reply

    Morrisons has almost every vegetable unpackaged and I have been able to buy both rice and pasta in cardboard with no plastic.

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Katie V Reply

    I do this most weeks in Sainsbury's, but with an energetic toddler in tow! 😱
    Also the unpackaged fruit and veg is more expensive than the packaged which is frustrating 🙁

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • Urban Rose Reply

    would you be able to do a shop in lidl as i am a student and like you said it is expensive to go zero waste or low waste as a student as all the products are cheaper in packaging !!!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm
  • annie hodgson Reply

    I work in the bakery at a sainsburys and if you ask someone that’s works in there what they have that hasn’t been packed yet then you can get bread and rolls unpackaged especially if you go early!

    July 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

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