OK, I’m over halfway through the month and if there’s one thing I’ve learned so far about plastics it is that they are really hard to avoid. It’s not impossible by any means, by it does take quite a bit more work to find things that are plastic free. Even things that I never would have associated with plastic before – like say nuts- are generally wrapped in plastic.
I already know that I need to bring my reusable grocery bags to the store to avoid the plastic bags at checkout. But my bigger concern was in finding foods that are not wrapped in plastic or encased in it.
I know a lot of plastic-free enthusiasts have had good success avoiding plastics by hitting the bulk aisle for everything from flour to pastas to nuts. But my small town grocery store doesn’t have a bulk aisle. So where does that leave me? Do I forgo nuts (and pasta, and chocolate chips -gasp!) altogether, or do I drive 45 minutes (each way) to the nearest biggish town with better grocery stores. I’ve been making the journey this month and so far I have to admit it has been a bit of a hassle. BUT – and this is a big but- I do feel like as I continue getting more organized about my plastic-free effort, that the whole grocery business is becoming less and less of a hassle.
My plan (and hope) is to get this whole thing down to a science so that I can make one monthly trip to the good grocery store for plastic-free supplies. Other items, like fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, meat, chicken, and fish I generally purchase locally from various farms and CSAs.
But there are a few items that I have not been able to find in packaging other than plastic, such as:
- Dog food (plastic/paper packaging)
Anyone have any plastic-free suggestions for these items?