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Shopping sea change

Spurred on by the positive impact of fewer plastic bags on our oceans, Ellen Tout takes her conscious policies to the heart of her home
ILLUSTRATION: NAOMI WILKINSON. *T MAES ET AL, BELOW THE SURFACE: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SEAFLOOR LITTER MONITORING IN COASTAL SEAS OF NORTH WEST EUROPE, ‘SCIENCEDIRECT’, 2018

The use of plastic shopping bags has dropped by 85 per cent since a charge was introduced – and, encouragingly, scientists recently found 30 per cent fewer bags on the seabed.* How can we apply that mindset to the rest of our shopping habits? For me, the weekly shop used to be a late-night dash, where I’d moan about the unnecessary plastic packaging, palm oil and waste. I thought I didn’t have the time or money to change my routine.

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