As you probably know from some of my previous posts, I try to minimise the amount of packaging we accept when we are shopping. Fruit and vegetables are relatively easy to find loose and I buy dry goods from bulk bins in my own bags and containers.
However, some other items are a bit more of a challenge. Today I want to share what I bought yesterday.
At the Co-op I bought brown rice from the bulk bins in one of the tulle bags I made a few years ago.
The next stop was the local IGA where I bought salmon fillets. I handed over this plastic container, the staff member weighed it and then added the fillets. The sticker is on the end of the container and I remove it as soon as I get home and the residue comes off fairly easily.
The next stop was at the vet where I needed to get some more medication for our dog. He only started this a couple of months ago and I was given 40 tablets in a small ziplock bag. When I needed more I took the bag back to be refilled but was unsuccessful in my attempt to reuse it and ended up with a new bag. This time I tried something different. I took an old tablet bottle of my own (label removed) and asked if they could use that and label it. The receptionist checked with the vet who said it was fine to reuse. Now that the precedent is set and it is labelled I should be able to continue to do this on a regular basis.
Our final stop was in a relatively new shop called ‘Healthy Homewares‘. It was interesting to browse around and I ended up buying 3 different brushes. All are made from natural materials, unpackaged and even the labels are cardboard and tied on with natural twine. No plastic in sight.
I am not always this successful when making purchases but it is certainly great when you can.
I’d be the first to admit I love those brushes, and buying similar as opportunities arise.
I had a ‘zero waste’ blitz of errands
– dropped off banana peels at communal bins on the way to
– the library to pick up three books
– dropped off batteries and light globes in the special bins at the library
– coincidently, an ad hoc second and market, where I bought a cook book and a $10 lamp
– took plastics to RedCycle at Coles (banana peels were in one bag first!)
– took two pairs of heels to a local cobbler (NOT mister minute!)
– dropped expired sunscreen at the pharmacy
I mean, I could improve things, but it’s good decision with the bad decisions of past (ie single use soft plastics… and sunscreen)