Shopping package-free can take a little more prep work than your typical grocery shop, but shopping this way allows you to reduce your waste, and have a positive impact on the environment. We thought we would put together this handy guide to help you prep for your package-free grocery shop!
1. Make sure your containers are clean and empty
You can bring in any kind of container you want! That’s right, you can bring in glass jars, plastic or paper bags, tupperware, old takeout containers – as long as it’s clean and empty you are good to go! We love seeing the creative containers folks reuse, and no one is judging you for reusing a plastic container or bag.
2. Make a list!
Kate’s tip is to write on each container what is going into it – grease pencils work great for that, or you can make a list on your phone or scrap paper! We can probably all relate to getting to the grocery store and not remembering everything you needed to get.
3. Bring more containers than you think you need
No matter how prepared you are, there might be something you forgot, or something you didn’t know we carry! Bring a few extras just in c ase, or you can always buy one of our cleaned and sanitized repurposed containers for $0.50.
4. Know that jars aren’t great for everything
Not everything fits perfectly into jars – our dried mangoes fit better in larger mouthed containers, tofu fits better in a larger container. Think about what you are getting and what it would fit best into! Again, no one is judging you :) Kate loves to reuse an old circular plastic takeout container for corn tortillas.
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