Supermarket’s surprise giveaways plus best deals this week

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It turns out a lot of us are fed up with excessive supermarket packaging.

In research commissioned by Aldi, 70 per cent of Australians say they have avoided buying fruit and vegetables packaged in plastic, 78 per cent want supermarkets to focus on reducing plastic packaging and 67 per cent want supermarkets to use more recycled materials in their packaging.

But it doesn’t stop at the checkout. Unfortunately, when shoppers get home, they are not always sure how and what to recycle.

The research found almost half (43 per cent) said they don’t always recycle packaging and 79 per cent say they would recycle more if they were given clearer instructions.

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The research supports Aldi’s ‘25by25’ commitment, which aims to reduce plastics and packaging across its range by 25 per cent by 2025.

“We will continue to work with our producers to remove unnecessary plastics, redesign our packaging to improve recyclability and help customers better with the Australasian Recycling Logo,” said Aldi corporate responsibility director Daniel Baker     .

Aldi has made simple swaps that have reduced tonnes of plastic each year, including switching from plastic to paper straws on its juice packs, replacing PVC packaging on its bedding to fabric covers and removing plastic forks in its ready-to-eat salad range.

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The best of this week’s specials

IGA

Sensible: Cold Power, 1.8–2L or powder 1.8–2kg varieties half price to $9.75. We are all looking for ways to save money and this special offers a double whammy. As well as cheap laundry detergent, using cold water also cuts your power bills. Up the ante and buy the powder as the cardboard box it comes in is much better for the environment than single-use plastic.

Indulgence: Rump roast, $17.99/kg. You don’t have to have this as a roast. Cut it up for steaks instead, plus it represents considerable value on the usual price of steaks, which is hitting $30/kg and above at the moment.

See the catalogue here.

Coles

Sensible: Hass avocados, $1. This is ridiculously cheap. It seems Australia can’t get its avocado supply right. The country is either shutting millennials out of the housing market by charging $5 a pop, or there are media images of farmers letting them rot under trees. Either way, $1 an avocado is a great price when other fresh fruit and veg seems on a never-ending upward trajectory.

Indulgence: Bickford’s cordial, $3.50. I’m putting this one in because it gives me the excuse to explain the uplifting secret Bickford’s puts in its packaging. Every Bickford’s bottle has a ‘positive affirmation’ on the base. The addition was motivated by the teachings of spiritualist Masaru Emoto, who believed water could react to positive thoughts and words. Pick up any Bickfords bottle and check it out.

Recall: Coles tomato paste 170g and Coles tomato paste 500g due to an undeclared allergen – soy – not named on the label.

See the catalogue here.

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Woolworths

Sensible: Imperial mandarins, $2.80. Mandarins were once described to me as “nature’s lollies” and I think of that almost every time I rip into one. Imperial mandarins still reign supreme, all other varieties tasting either too tart or      have a weird mouthfeel. A great way to put a bit of sunshine into winter.

Indulgence: OGX shampoo and conditioner range, half price at $10.50 each. This range comes in a great variety and they all smell terrific. Toiletries are expensive, so      any personal care product      at half price is a win.

See the catalogue here.

Aldi

Sensible: Rainy day range. A large swathe of Australia has seen far too much rain in the past couple of months, and Aldi is here to help. Raincoats, umbrellas, gumboots and rain-proof pants, there’re all there, for children and adults.

Indulgence: It’s all-star US snack week and Aldi has a range of chocolate-based treats on offer from Babe Ruth bars to Reese’s peanut butter cups. Prices start at $1.79.

See the catalogue here.

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