Buying food is something we all have to do, but modern shopping can be quite wasteful. Here are some reuse tips to make your next trip to the grocery store a little more environmentally friendly!
Reusable shopping bags or baskets
|No-sew shopping bag from|
Making your own bags from fabric scraps or old t-shirts are great ways to reuse. Check out this no-sew t-shirt bag tutorial, fit for even the non-craftiest readers!
You don't have to limit your reusable bags to the grocery store either. Take them anywhere you might buy something!
Reusable produce bags
Most of us wash our produce, so I say if you've only got one or two apples, why even bother with the produce bag? This is especially true for items where you won't be eating the peel, like bananas, oranges, or onions.
If you do need a bag, mesh produce bags are so light that they won't influence the scale price of price-by-weight items. You can buy them from a lot of places, or make your own in just a few minutes with this tutorial from The Year of Less.
Buying in bulk
Many stores don't allow reusable containers so make sure to check with staff first. Stores with gravity fed bins like the photo are more likely to be reuse-friendly because you can't put food back after taking it. This is a win for the environment, plus you can "accidentally" put too many Smarties in your bag.
|Oops, too many Smarties in the bag again.|
Guess I have to buy them!
Photo credit yvetteSoler
Did you know that you can also buy a lot of household products in bulk? Shampoo, laundry detergent, liquid soap, and household cleaners are just some of the things that can be bought and stored in your own reusable containers.
These are just a few simple ways to reuse when you're grocery shopping, but there are so many more everyday ways to reuse. Share your expert tips and tricks in the comments!
- Sarah (Volunteer)