When I go grocery shopping, the amount of plastic that is consumed blows my mind (and makes me upset). It also irks me when I forget my reusable bags at home, and tell the cashier that I don’t want any plastic bags, and they give me one anyways, or make remarks about how plastic bags aren’t that bad. (Anyways going off on a negative tangent so I will stop my self).
So what can you do to cut down on your waste while grocery shopping? Well there are a few VERY simple things you can do:
- Bring your reusable bags. If you drive to go grocery shopping, leave some in your car so you never forget. If you walk, leave them by the door, so you see them on your way out.
- Don’t put your fruit and vegetables in those flimsy plastic bags. You wash your fruit and veggies anyways before consuming them anyways (or at least you should) so those bags serve ZERO purpose. I’ve heard the question “well how do you store your fruits and veggie when you get home” before. You do not need the plastic bags to store food in the fridge or on your counter. The fruit and veggies that get stored in the fridge, can just be put in the fridge without a bag around them, and same for fruits and veggies that get stored on the counter – mind blowing, I know.
- Buy (or make) reusable bulk bags! Those flimsy plastic bags we talked about, are just terrible for the environment. I always bring my own bulk bags, and buy oats, nuts, chocolate, etc., from the bulk section.
- Avoid the middle aisles. Nothing in those middle aisles are package free. Nothing. So try to stick to the outside sections! Not only is this cutting down on your waste, but you will also be healthier, as you avoid all the processed foods!
- This one may sound intimidating but: learn how to make your own breads, pizza dough, and tortillas! You would be surprised at how easy some of the recipes are! Also, learning how to make your own doughs, sounds very impressive.
- Try to buy fruit and veggies without those nasty little stickers.
- Shop at smaller food markets/farmers market. Supporting local farmers, and smaller food business is always better.