EcoPost 🦉: Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

Or at least as much as you can! 😅

Sometimes, it’s difficult to shop completely zero waste, so I try to get as close as I can!

I bring 2-4 reusable bags with me, as well as an insulated cooler bag for cold items and reusable produce bags. These have eliminated A LOT of plastic bags! From my use, that is, and has often served as a conversation starter with other people in the store.

Other items that other people have used and that I would like to work into my zero waste shopping habit:

    Jars: a variety of sizes and the weight of the jar written on it, so the cashier can subtract that weight from the weight of the product.
    Containers for meat, like ground beef or bison, chicken, and seafood. Some cuts of meat are already wrapped, so I need a separate insulated cooler that I can easily clean if the package leaks. I want to avoid contamination, so I need to keep certain items separate.

I try to get some dry goods like flour, nuts, grains, and spices, in a Bulk Section. The produce bags and jars are ideal for these items. I also look for glass or cardboard containers instead of plastic, because I can easily recycle these items. Not all plastic is recyclable so I avoid that where I can.

Not every shopping trip is eco-perfect, but I try my best and have items with me to remember them easier. Other tactics I use to help include making a meal plan and shopping for meat and produce locally. The meal plan helps me know what fruit or veggie needs to be used up so it doesn’t go bad and is wasted, and shopping locally reduces the travel waste that comes along with transporting food long distances.

I continue to learn and grow in my efforts to reduce plastic and single use trash when I’m out shopping. Even when I’m not just shopping for food, I bring bags with me into the retail stores or say no to a bag and carry out my purchase. It makes an eco-difference in daily life and has the potential to start an eco-conversation to keep the eco-efforts rolling. Less trash is a good thing, no matter where you live! 😁🙌

What eco-efforts are you using while shopping for food or other retail items? I’d love to hear about it! 😎👋 🌎 🛒

Photo credits: Top 2 of produce bags are mine, and the Bottom 2 of jars and the Bulk Section are from Google.

EcoPost: Straws and Bags

Two basic and most used eco items I carry with me wherever I go:

  • Stainless steel straws
  • Reusable bags…more precisely, one made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Why you need them?
  • Because plastic straws are clogging up the waterways and getting into everything , like sea turtle noses! Blah! 😖 I feel like I’m always finding plastic straws washed up on the beaches. Plastic straws are also difficult items to recycle because of their size and shape.
  • The above image is part of a research study, and is all the plastic that a young sea turtle had eaten over its sadly short life. Some baby sea turtles are found deceased on the beach or shortly after arriving at a rehabilitation center. With all this plastic inside their gastrointestinal tract, they aren’t getting enough nutrients to grow, let alone survive.
  • There’s also the issue of plastic shopping bags…
  • Plastic bags are floating around the driving lanes on the highways and threatening to get clogged under your car, as well as floating in the ocean looking like jellyfish. Lots of animals hunt and eat jellyfish…and also plastic bags, which do not digest. The ocean dwelling creatures end up getting clogged pretty bad and you know how much your midsection hurts when you get…clogged up. Ouch! 😣
  • Going with reusable straws and bags can truly eliminate a lot of these issues and these are great starting points!
  • I often hear: “But I’ll never remember to use them!” It took some effort for me at first, but it eventually became an ingrained habit for me to refuse straws and to bring in my reusable bags while shopping. It’s possible for you, too!
  • It goes beyond eliminating a few plastic straws and bags floating around the ocean, it sends messages to businesses and your community. We all love clean beautiful beaches when we go on vacation and getting the chance to see healthy wildlife, and by choosing to make this change, we can inspire others to make these plastic-eliminating habits, too.
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  • EcoPosts: Coming to You Tuesdays

    Conservation is a passion of mine. I love finding new ways to be more eco-friendly and to spread the word.

    Every Tuesday, I’m going to post about my eco-adventures in my daily life. Talking about what products I’ve tried or actions I’m taking. I want to share my eco-experiences with y’all, and I’m hoping it inspires and encourages other people to take steps to be more eco-friendly.

    We can all pick up trash, consider the animals living in the habitats we live in, and be conscious of our everyday purchases!

    Let me know what you would like to see more of or have questions about, and I will take on the assignment. 😅🙌 Thanks for reading and I look forward to the future EcoPosts! 🦉 🌎 🌍