If you’re concerned about the amount of plastic you use when you go shopping, perhaps you use paper bags or reusable bags. But what else can you do? Below are three ways I use less plastic.
1. The co-op that I shop at has a great selection of bulk items ranging from shampoo to sauerkraut. I bring my own containers from home and get beans, rice, spices, teas, castile soap and more. Not only can I get the amount I want, but I don’t have extra packaging to throw away.
As you can see, I reuse jars and they don't all match, but you can buy or save jars that are the same if you want yours to be consistent.
2. I reuse my produce bags. If they look clean, I let them dry and take them back to the store to use again.
3. I have a meat bucket. The co-op also sells buckets for a great price, and I have several of them. These are buckets that food came to the store in and that they no longer need. One of my buckets is just for meat. That way, I don’t have to use extra plastic bags to carry my meat home in and if there are any leaks, they are isolated to the bucket—which can be cleaned.