11 Simple Tips For Zero-Waste Grocery Shopping

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Have you ever walked into a grocery store and felt overwhelmed by the plastic packaging? You’re not alone.

I’ve seen some things that have literally made me roll my eyes and shake my head: Like cucumbers individually wrapped in plastic film.

Manufacturers have a terrible habit of overdoing it when it comes to our food’s packaging – it’s like they forget it comes from the ground. It doesn’t need so much protection.

That said, I do agree certain items (like pre-chopped produce) can help make fresh foods more accessible.

I realize not everyone can peel and chop their food – but there are tons of people who can and still choose the convenience option.

I think there needs to be a balance here, and there are many areas for improvements and innovation. Thankfully, there are ways to shop plastic-free, even amidst this chaos.

Here are 11 simple tips for zero waste grocery shopping.

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20 Ways to Reduce Waste on Campus

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  1. Bring Your Reusables
  2. Thrift, baby
  3. Keep a set of real dishes on hand
  4. Hit up a bulk store
  5. Hit up a farmers market
  6. Start a zero waste club
  7. Revisit your shower caddy
  8. Clean without the toxins
  9. Start a compost heap + community garden
  10. Say NO to freebies
  11. Have a zero waste period
  12. Green your makeup routine
  13. Create a food pantry
  14. Sign your college up for a food recovery network
  15. Start a recycling program
  16. Clean up your toiletries
  17. Plastic-free toilet paper
  18. Host a cleanup
  19. Repair and mend items that break – and teach your friends
  20. Donate whatever you can’t use

Headed to college? There’s a lot of waste that happens on campus – regardless if you’re dorming or commuting.

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21 Zero Waste Lifestyle Facts & Myths

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  1. Zero waste is expensive
  2. You must have a trash jar to be zero waste
  3. It’s only for hippies
  4. It’s ultra-time consuming
  5. You can’t be fashionable
  6. You have to have everything on you at all times
  7. You can’t wear makeup
  8. You can never get takeout
  9. Zero waste is regressive instead of progressive
  10. Wooden Toothbrushes are both safe and hygienic
  11. One person can’t make a difference
  12. You’ll be healthier
  13. You’ll value your possessions more
  14. You’ll get creative
  15. It’ll save you money
  16. You’ll feel more connected
  17. You’ll meet like-minded people
  18. You can inspire loved ones
  19. You’ll expand your knowledge
  20. You’ll realize this isn’t anything new
  21. You don’t have to be perfect
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5 Reasons Why Wooden Toothbrushes Beat Their Plastic Alternatives

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  1. Wooden Toothbrushes are more eco-friendly
  2. Wooden Toothbrushes are becoming more biodegradable
  3. Your Wooden Toothbrush is just as effective as any plastic one
  4. Your Wooden Toothbrush lasts just as long as a traditional one
  5. Wooden Toothbrushes are both safe and hygienic

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3 Reasons Why Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes are the Future

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For decades, economists have talked about the term Peak Oil, which is the point at which we pass the maximum production of petroleum worldwide. Given that plastic is made completely from oil, the concept of Peak Plastic is also inevitable.

A book written in 2018 by American business professor,  Jack Buffington, discusses this topic. In Peak Plastic, Buffington defines the term as the point where the marginal benefit of plastic use to society will be less than its detrimental cost to the environment. According to Buffington, we’ll hit Peak Plastic by 2030. That’s not too far off.

Investors and economists are already predicting the demise of conventional gasoline powered cars, and the inevitable takeover of electric powered vehicles. It makes sense that as society moves away from using petroleum as a fuel, we will also move away from using petroleum in the form of plastic in our products and our packaging. Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes are the Future