Second tip for living waste-free: choosing products which are sold in recyclable containers

Friday, February 18, 2011

Photo credit: Brigitte Morin

It isn’t always obvious when we are making our weekly shopping list that the products we buy regularly are sold in containers which are fully recyclable.

If you live in Gatineau, the plastics numbered 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 are recyclable in your big blue bin; however, if you live in Ottawa, the plastics numbered 1, 2, and 5 are recyclable in your blue bin. Always check the number under each plastic container in the recycling logo to make sure that you item will be recyclable at home.

A great example is yogurt containers; not only is it difficult to choose between the 10,000 brands and flavours, but which one is fully recyclable? Opt for the larger containers with the metal seal rather than the plastic seal.

Another challenge is crackers; who doesn’t eat crackers with dip or in their lunch? Well, unfortunately, most crackers are sold in a plastic bag within their cardboard box.

My solution is two brands of crackers that I have found who sell their product in a fully recyclable plastic container; ‘Lavash’ from ‘Pita Break’ and ‘Aliments Vivants’ (some of which are compostable) which can be found in your local organic food store and in the bread section of certain grocery stores.

Know of any others? Let me know at


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