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Q1. During your weekly shop which of the following plastic-wrapped items do you buy?

Fruit and vegetables


Q2. During your weekly shop which of the following plastic-wrapped items do you buy?

Meat and dairy


Q3. During your weekly shop which of the following plastic-wrapped items do you buy?

Frozen food and ready meals


Q4. During your weekly shop which of the following plastic-wrapped items do you buy?

Store cupboard food and drinks


Q5. During your weekly shop which of the following plastic-wrapped items do you buy?

Household, toiletries and health


The plastic footprint of your weekly shop

Your annual
plastic consumption

Annual plastic consumption of the average UK household

104kg


Total plastic packaging consumed by UK shoppers since you started this quiz



The plastic footprint of your weekly shop is equivalent to…


Plastic bags

Plastic bottles

Shampoo bottles

Co2 emissions ² ³


Cut your consumption: How to lower your plastic footprint


Squash bottles before recycling them.

Screw the lids back on bottles before recycling.

Buy bars of soap, not liquid soap.

Buy boxes of detergent, not bottles.

Buy loose leaf tea, not teabags.

Buy refills of coffee, herbs and spices.



Like you, we're committed to reducing the impact we have on the planet, whether that's through CO2 emissions or plastic waste. We're making a start by introducing green energy tariffs, and we hope you'll feel inspired to do more too.


What plastic codes mean


Often used to make soft drink bottles, polyethylene terephthalate is mostly recyclable.

Mostly recyclable, and used to make bottles for shampoo, bleach and cleaning sprays.

Polyvinyl chloride isn’t usually recyclable. It’s used to make trays for fruit and sweets.

Used to make shopping bags, low-density polyethylene isn’t usually recyclable.


Polypropylene is used to make furniture. It’s not usually recyclable.

Polystyrene is used to make hard plastics like toys and CD cases. It’s usually not recyclable.

This includes all other types of plastic, most of which aren’t recyclable.

Methodology


The average UK weekly plastic footprint was calculated by a survey of 2,002 UK residents on their weekly shopping habits, which created the UK's average weekly shopping basket. The survey was conducted through OnePoll.

The packaging of the items in this basket was weighed to create an overall plastic footprint for the weekly shop of a single household. This number was multiplied by the number of households to create an overall plastic footprint for the nation.



1 2017 RECOUP Household Plastics Collection Survey
2 https://timeforchange.org/plastic-bags-and-plastic-bottles-CO2-emissions
3 https://www.smmt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/SMMT-New-Car-Co2-Report-2018-artwork.pdf

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