Finding Plastic-free Bread
Plastic-Free Bakery Bread
Most local bakeries already sell their bread plastic-free and larger supermarkets are also starting to reduce the plastic wrap in their in-store bakery.
Try to take your own bag or tub as paper bags have a carbon footprint 4 times larger than that of a plastic bag.
Reduced Plastic Sliced Bread
Roberts Bakery wrap their sliced bread in reduced plastic packaging. They use a paper wrapper with a very thin poly prop coating this can be recycled with your paper recycling collection. This bread is available in sone supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s - there’s a map of stockist here.
Make Your Own
The easiest option is to use a breadmaker. Try borrowing one first before investing, although there are often some good value secondhand breadmakers on Facebook Marketplace (mine was £15 and less than 2 years old). Just add the ingredients and then wait for your bread. Mine takes about 3 hours to make a loaf and can be put on a delayed timer so the bread is ready when we need it.
The flour is readily available in recyclable paper bags, even gluten-free.
The dried yeast often comes in non-recyclable packaging, although you will get a lot of loaves from from packet.
The bread doesn’t last as long as sliced bread bought from the supermarket so if you’re not going to use the whole loaf in the first couple of days it’s worth slicing and freezing part of the loaf for toast later.
Can’t get plastic-free bread?
Plastic bread bags are recyclable with carrier bags in larger supermarkets - just shake out the crumbs. Or reuse the bag for rubbish or even buying dried good from your local zero waste shop!
This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
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