When reducing plastic waste is a core goal while out shopping for household needs, there are so many other positive ripple effects. The food is typically more local and fresh - straight from my garden, from a local farmer, market or coop.
The food is also predominantly whole and unprocessed and bought in bulk. I notice that I don't come home with the spontaneous purchases of snack foods which are all wrapped up in plastic (often happened when I went shopping while I was hungry). My thoughts go instead to the things I can make with the kids when we get home using healthy ingredients.
I am not only reducing waste, but saving money and reducing the amount of processed food we are consuming. The food is so much healthier - for us and the planet. The kids are also really into this project and embracing the shift. They are super helpful in selecting products and accepting why some things just aren't in the house anymore.
|Today's shopping at my local coop - plastic free - hooray!! Bulk organic flour, organic tahini, freshly crushed organic peanut paste, local organic honey, organic buckwheat, organic rolled oats, organic chia, organic nicola potatoes, organic Australian dahl, and toilet paper.|
|I love taking my own glass jars and buying in bulk - honey, tahini, olive oil, tamari, fresh peanut paste ...|
|Buy loose vegetables to reduce plastic waste.|
My kids love pasta. All pasta at the shops comes in plastic wrapping. The other day, we dusted off the pasta maker and refreshed our memories of how it worked. Young Hugh was chief paster maker and of course therefore loved it (which is great, because he is also chief food critic). On his request, I purchased that big bag of flour today for him to make more and more pasta - experimenting with adding various herbs and vegetables, perhaps even some bamboo charcoal. We plan to dry some too. I'll post more about our home-made unwrapped pasta-making soon.
|My old pasta maker is probably 20 years old and a little rusty on the outside, but it works just fine.|
|Hugh's first pasta experiment - organic wholemeal spaghetti and fettuccine. It was absolutely delicious.|
|In the local food coop, there's a whole range of household cleaners and personal items available in bulk - dishwashing liquid, laundry liquid, body lotions, conditioners, shampoos and body wash... I simply take my containers in and refill.|
|I love this soap - unpackaged, palm oil free and really affordable - and just $1.50 a bar. They have a great range of natural scents - my favourites are the peppermint and cinnamon scrub.|
I'm sorry Mum, I know you would say "That's a bit rude!" about the name of this loo paper, but I am a real fan. It is a long roll of very nice 3 ply, 100% recycled paper with no dyes, inks or scents. The wrapping is made of thin paper which can go down our compost toilet, or popped into the worm farm. An added appeal for me is that half of their profits go to Wateraid. I buy it at my local coop for $1.50 a roll which is comparable to other high quality papers. It's even cheaper if I order it by the box online.
|Paper wrapped 100% recycled loo paper that's nice on your bottom.|
I sometimes get caught out and don't have enough cloth bags so I grab a box from the shops instead. The boxes always find another few good uses - for mulching, for craft projects my children are doing, or for workshops I run. I dislike the poly reusable bags. they don't last that long, then become rubbish too. I think it's better to buy or make strong cotton bags instead that go back into the soil when they can no longer be repaired.