How to reduce plastic in one easy step
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to bring your reusable containers to the store with you when you purchase food? Yes! It’s been possible to do it in many small eco-friendly stores for some time, but at the regular grocery store?
Some are starting to allow it. Metro in Quebec, so far, and only under certain circumstances. Because there’s a risk of cross-contamination if the container you bring isn’t clean, say. Don’t snort. I know you, personally, would bring a very clean container to buy new food with. I would, too. But others? You know as well as I do that there’s always a clown somewhere ready to ruin a good thing for everyone by being careless. And of course if cross-contamination were to happen and someone got sick because of it, it would be the store held liable, not the unclean clown. I understand why grocery stores might be hesitant.
On the other hand, if you can find a way to have your own employees exercise some measure of control over which containers are suitable to be filled with new food, that might work. Metro decided to let people use reusable containers at the deli counter, the fish place, the cake counter, and so on, all those places where customers don’t touch the food themselves, and where employees can weigh and price the food before putting it in the container. That’s a decent compromise, methinks.
It may sound like a small step, but that’s how we usually win battles, you know. One small step at a time. Next we could ban plastic straws, bags and single-use water bottles — or sell them at a steep price.