I find that changing a habit is a big effort at first, but eventually it just becomes a new routine. When we switched to reusable shopping bags, it took us a while to get used to it. Now we make sure to store them in the car so that we always have them.
We are reducing our reliance on plastic for food containers, and stepping up our food scrap composting. The two new habits complement one another. The composting made it clear how much plastic we use, because now, plastic is all that is left in our landfill trash.
While grocery shopping this week, I intentionally bought products packaged with as little plastic as possible. I get most of our food at Mejier. I appreciate their selection of local products, their prices, and I can scan my order into my phone myself while I'm shopping, which reduces my wait time and interaction with people at the registers.
Produce: Meijer has great deals on bulk items. Before my low-plastic challenge, I bought bags of apples, oranges, carrots, celery, broccoli, lettuce, and cauliflower. I replaced them with bulk carrots, snow peas, lettuce, kale, and broccoli, oranges and apples beets. I use reused bags for pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes,
The wrappers for dry goods, tortillas and bread wrappers are recyclable. I couldn’t tell whether or not the packaging for corn chips and pasta could be recycled -- I will contact the companies.
Vestergaard Farms is a great source for locally-raised meat. They sell it frozen, and when I reached out via Instagram, I learned that their plastic wrapping is recyclable.
We use old gallon water jugs for refills, also at Meijer.
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