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I live about 1/2 hr from a food co-op and other groceries, and 1 mile to the nearest bus stop.
I’ve reduced my intake of plastic, but I’m challenged by buying larger quantities of bulk. Now, I reuse plastic bags for bulk items rather than transporting containers. Any thoughts on how to make this manageable w/o reusing plastic bags?
Location:la conner, Washington, United States
Total items collected: 9
salad tub pete 1 (i reuse these for produce shopping)
16oz dry roasted peanut jar pete 1
tomato tub pete 1 (reuse as above)
15oz miracle whip jar pete 1
take-out box pp 5 (reuse)
6oz yogurt pp 5
produce bag (reuse for dog poo)
lid for 2 bottles
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
i reuse the salad mix containers when buying more salad miix
in winter i buy the grape tomatoes for their ripeness; summer i buy local w/o container
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
dry roasted peanuts
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
essential for husband — small miracle whip
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
buying in bulk with reuseable containers — but that is cumbersome
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Hi Maureen! Welcome to the challenge. Have you considered using cloth bags if you don't want to reuse plastic bags? There are lots of options for cloth produce/bulk bags online. ChicoBag has a lightweight hemp/cotton produce/bulk bag that I love. http://www.chicobag.com/product/produce-stand-hemp-cotton-3Pack ECOBAGs has organic cotton produce/bulk bags. And many Etsy sellers offer handmade bags. Some people enjoy making their own.