Plastic-free food shopping

Did you know that it takes up to 1000 years to decompose plastic? That means that all the plastic that was ever created is still around. Only 9% was recycled.

Coming from Germany, a country that has a different (and in my opinion, better) waste disposal than Canada, and is a world leader in renewable energy, I was shocked by the amount of plastic people consume here in North America. As an example, do you really need to put your bananas, carrots or other produce in a plastic bag? Why not bring your own reusable cloth bag? It looks so much cooler and you save the planet, you’re killing two birds with one stone.

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Me scooping tea into one of my old jams jars.

For other groceries than produce, Bulk Barn is a lovely opportunity to buy plastic free. It takes a little bit of planning but is worth all of that. You don’t even need to buy fancy glass jars, just use what you already have. For example, I use old tomato sauce jars.

When you step into bulk barn, one of the sales assistants will help you weigh the jars and write the weight on them with a special pen. When that is done, the shopping can begin! Bulk Barn asks you to write the item number on tiny plastic pieces, which are used to tie up plastic bags customers usually shop with – but as we’re trying to say no to plastic, I just asked the sales assistant for the pen he used earlier to write the weight on my jars. Sometimes it just takes a smile and a simple question, and people will be happy to help you out.

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One of my tomato sauce jars with its weight written on it.
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The sales assistant weighing my jars at bulk barn.

Bulk Barn honestly offers so many great products: flours, teas, spices, sweets, nuts, grains, dried fruits, even peanut butter or custard and so much more!

Please check it out and try to think twice about the plastic you’re about to consume – what goes around, comes around.

 

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Some plastic products and the number of years they take to decompose.

 Let’s try to be nicer to our planet – it’s the only one we have.

-Johanna Sári
Social media team volunteer

 

 

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