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Change of Heart, Change of Mind: Groceries

July 5, 2016

Continuing our series on paring down. Inspired this month, in part by Plastic Free JulyJoin the challenge!

You never know how much you rely on something, until you don’t. Once we stopped to take a look at everything at the house that created some form of waste, we found one of the major culprits to be: plastic. Plastic bags, plastic containers, bottles, you name it. Plastic period.  So convenient, but so costly. And unfortunately, it’s EVERYWHERE. You can’t hide from it. Wherever you are, it’ll find you (kinda like Liam Neeson).

So after discovering the truth about plastic – how it’s made, the chemical composition, and its effects on the environment, and how much of it we owned, we knew this was the first thing we should address. 

So without any further ado, here’s what we’ve been doing to keep plastics at bay:

Buy in Bulk:  To eliminate plastic waste in the form of packaging, we started hitting the bulk section at the supermarket. With very few exceptions (like at the Brazilian supermarket, where there isn’t a bulk section), we’ve been able to get everything we need from buying bulk.

B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bag:  Be it to the supermarket or your favorite clothing store.  This is a pretty easy, hassle-free way to eliminate plastic waste.  Any good, sturdy, reusable bag will do. Here’s one we use regularly on our supermarket trips.

Whole Foods reusable bag

Also, we use bulk food bags and produce bags to avoid using the plastic bags offered at the market.

Beans and onions – using produce bags

Fill up your own containers: Well, this one could be a bit tricky. You may ask: “how about the heavy jar interfering with the overall weight of your item?” But, there’s a way to work around it. Simply weigh the jar beforehand and record the amount. Once you get to the register, ask the cashier to subtract the initial weight(again this depends on the supermarket or specialty store). And, voilá!

Beans, Lentils, Hazelnuts, Quinoa and Hemp seeds

 

How about you guys? What are some things you do to fight off plastics? Please share below

Next, we’ll move on to the kitchen. Follow our blog and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date.

PLASTIC-FREE RESOURCES: 

www.lifewithoutplastic.com

www.reuseit.com

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