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Where to buy fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging? - OneSharedEarth
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Seeing the amount of packaging for fruits & vegetables my supermarket (Tesco) uses in my online deliveries (besides standard packaging, today I got a single lemon in a plastic bag of its own & a plastic bag of salad and 2 plastic boxes of mushrooms in a paper bag!), I've simply decided to remove fruit & veg from my online grocery order and instead buy them from elsewhere. I'm able to buy some unpackaged ones from my local (at a walking distance) supermarket (Sainsburys). But many fruits & veg do not come unpackaged even there. So I would like to know what alternatives people are actually using. I'll prefer no packaging rather than plastic substituted by paper (as paper causes deforestation), and I'll prefer delivery rather than collection because that is more fuel efficient.
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In the UK, these are the options for buying many fruits & vegetables without plastic packaging.

- Most big size supermarkets do sell many loose fruit & veg. The bigger the store, the more options there will be. Smaller stores have very limited options.

- Online vegetable boxes - these are usually delivered in cardboard boxes with minimum plastic. Many veg box websites say that these boxes are reused. An internet search will provide many veg box options. This link gives packaging details of some companies.

- Greengrocers

- Farmers market or farm shop if you are close to one

- PYO (Pick Your Own) farms where you can pick fruits & vegetables yourself

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