It is difficult to avoid-single use waste when shopping, especially over the past year when things were even more strict with the pandemic restrictions. The amount of unnecessary plastic packaging used is alarming and there are several simple ways you can decrease your waste when shopping!
Tips for sustainable shopping!
- Use reusable shopping bags. This is probably the easiest change you can make, keep a few bags in your car so you always have them handy. Avoid the plastic/paper bag charge at the store.
- Avoid plastic produce bags. You can also bring your own produce bags to the store. Instead of reaching for the plastic ones that probably take up space in a drawer at home, get some reusable ones. They even now have special containers to help keep your produce fresher longer.
- Make a weekly food plan. An issue I constantly run into is buying too much food and not eating it before it goes bad. Take the time to plan out some meals for the week so you are only buying what you need. Saving you money and reducing unnecessary waste.
- Buy in bulk when you can. Plenty of grocery stores offer bulk sections where you can bring your own containers to fill up on things like nuts, flours, oats, beans, etc.
- Stop buying plastic water bottles and bags. Use a reusable water bottle and store your leftover food in reusable containers. Invest in some nice tupperware, even save your togo containers from restaurants/take out for later use.
- Shop second hand. The grocery store is not the only place where you can cut back on waste. Support awesome nonprofits like Goodwill and Salvation Army, or your local flea markets and thrift shops. Facebook Marketplace is another great way to find almost anything you could be looking for.