My First Time Shopping At a Zero Waste Bulk Store

Finally! I have found a place that sells good Sourdough bread. Even better, it’s at a zero waste bulk store in my city. The store is called Locavore and the bakery who supplies them is The Freedom Bakery which trains people from prison to bake artisan bread.

My last post on this blog was about me taking some steps, such as ordering linen bags to be able to go zero waste shopping. and shop there. However, as they haven’t arrived yet, so I have only went there for a small shopping.

I was excited to find some great looking Rye and Caraway bread. As well as that, there is a milk machine which lets you buy organic non-homogenised milk in glass bottles. You simply buy one of the reusable 1/2 litre bottles they sell there and then fill it up with some fresh milk from the farm.

When I came back home, I decided to do a comparison of normal milk that we usually buy from Morrisons and the organic milk. The normal milk was actually very bland and watery compared to the sweeter organic version which tasted more rich and milky. The difference was very obvious! Even my boyfriend, who I thought wouldn’t like the organic version, agreed that it tastes much better. 🙂

Alex

My First Steps Towards Zero Waste

I have been thinking about going zero waste for a long time and finally made the decision a few days ago. Why? Everyone can see that our planet is suffering more and more from the enormous amount of plastic waste that we produce every year. We can see the impact with our own eyes. If we don’t take a step to change something about this, we will not only destroy the future for ourselves but also for the future generations.

I truly believe that if every person decided to stop using and buying so much plastic, we could eventually force big companies to start producing more eco-friendly products and change the world for better.

M y first step towards zero waste was to look around my house and see all the stuff that I have been buying which has unnecessary plastic packaging. For example, whenever I bought potatoes (which I buy at least twice a week) they were packaged in a big plastic bag
(they only sell really small loose potatoes in my supermarket). So, this means that if I kept doing what I was doing before I would buy 8 plastic bags per month – that’s 96 BAGS PER YEAR. And that’s only for potatoes. I would waste 96 bags that I didn’t even use or need for anything. The same goes for milk, bread, cucumbers and many more.

After I identified the culprits I decided that I would need a few things to begin my zero saste journey. However, the best thing about this is that you don’t have to buy many of them and you can already reuse what you have.

I searched my kitchen for any glass jars that I could reuse in the future. I also have a cute glass bottle that I got from a cafe in my city, I already had one before and used it for juice.
I reused my glass bottle for homemade carrot juice, when I wanted to take it with me to work.
I also made some celery juice (on the recommendation from my mum) , which tasted freakin horrible but it still looked beautiful in the bottle.

I decided to buy some reusable produce bags, as I want to stop using the plastic ones in the store and instead bring them with me every time. I searched the internet for a good UK based zero waste online shop and stumbled upon “AndKeep”.

I ordered some organic cotton mesh produce bags, which look beautiful and I can’t wait to actually go and use them.

I also ordered some organic cotton bags which are not see through because I wanted to have some variety.

And finally some bamboo toothbrush which has very soft bristles and looks beautiful and simplistic.

The prices doesn’t seem too bad for products that I am going to be using for many years from now on (I’ll replace the toothbrush frequently of course). As well as that, everything is organic, and will be shipped without the use of any plastic packaging. I really can’t wait for this to order to arrive and start using it for my shopping.

One of my next posts will be about a local zero waste grocery store that I am really thrilled to visit. So check it out if you want to 🙂

Alex