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Meat, fish & deli

Meat, fish and deli products are often sold on polystyrene trays; a type of plastic extremely difficult to recycle. It also contains chemicals that can be harmful to human health.

What can you do

Choose to refuse pre-packaged meat, fish and deli products, particularly those sold on polystyrene trays

How can you do it

It’s worth shopping around for a local butcher, fishmonger or deli-counter who sell unpackaged items. Just remember to bring your own reusable container along when you go shopping.

Taking the next steps

Beyond that, you can encourage and support businesses to offer meat, fish and deli items that are unpackaged. You can also talk to them about alternatives to plastic packaging, or direct them to the Plastic Free July website for them to find helpful resources.

Supporting campaigns calling for single-use plastics (including polystyrene) to be banned can also go a long way.

The impact

  • By refusing plastic-wrapped meat, fish, and deli products, you can help reduce unnecessary waste and save precious resources.
  • Plastic is also fatal for animals who mistake it for food or become entangled in it.

More ideas

What others do

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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