Waste Not

attempting to waste less and live more deliberately

Grocery Store Games

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Since going low waste, grocery shopping has turned into a bit of a game. 

The Rules: Buy what we need while avoiding as much packaging as possible.
Why? Food packaging often contains a variety of materials, making it nearly impossible to recycle. Also, it’s fun!
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A few packaged items (cheese), but mostly a successful grocery game!
Some Findings
 
  • We are swapping unhealthy, over-packaged processed foods for more nutritious whole foods.
  • Cooking from scratch has improved our kitchen skills.
  • To minimize packaging further, skip the plastic produce bags. Fruits and veggies already come packaged by nature! Worried about germs? Don’t be, you will likely wash them off before eating anyways. 
  • Buying bulk? Skip the disposable plastic bags and use your own containers instead. Don’t forget to mark the tare weight! (what is tare weight? find out HERE)
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  • Bulk isn’t just for beans and rice! Look for bulk teas, coffee, candies, granola, nut butters, flours, spices, etc.

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  • Get to know your butcher!  If you bring them a nice clean container in which to place you deli meat, steaks, shrimp, etc. you can forgo the plastic bag! 
  • Bring your own bags (or basket) and never have to answer the “paper or plastic” question again!
 
 
 
 
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And lets be honest, homemade just tastes better than the packaged stuff!
 
How do you stay low waste when it comes to grocery shopping?
 
♥ali
 
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2 thoughts on “Grocery Store Games

  1. Great ideas! I’m taking the challenge, and will post results over at my environmentally minded blog over at yirdfast.no .

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