Do you have access to dry goods in bulk? You can usually get bulk produce if you look outside of regular supermarkets like small grocers, coops, ethnic stores, farmers markets, or buy from a farm. But dry goods can be tricky depending on where you live.
When we started our journey, there was only one (zero waste) bulk store in all of Germany! And unlike in Canada, supermarkets in Germany don't have bulk sections.
Just go for the best option available to you. And sometimes you might be surprised how much more there is if you think out of the box! We asked if we could buy flour, yeast, nuts, and seeds at the bakery. We bought pasta from an Italian restaurant that made their own pasta. We asked our local health food store if they could order grains and rice in big paper bags (25kg!) for us when they placed their next order. Whenever we couldn't get something in bulk we tried to find a plastic-free option, or we went for the least packaged option, and we asked ourselves if it was something we truly needed. If so, could we at least reduce our consumption?
We all come in different shapes and sizes, have access to a different infrastructure, have different needs. In my opinion, #zerowaste
is not about creating no waste or just a jar full at all. It is about MINIMIZING your waste by going for the most sustainable choices available to you as often as you can.
Don't be too hard on yourself when you "fail"! Working towards that minimum means changing your habits—and that takes time #turtlespeedpower
🐢✨💚😁! Sure, it can be frustrating, especially if it wasn't your fault. Personally , I swear to vent my disappointment lol, take a breather, a mental note so it won't happen next time, and then I try to shrug it off, laugh about it and go on with my day. It's not the end of the world and I am not perfect. And frankly, I like being imperfect 😉