Think Outside the Box: A Guide to Package-Free Shopping
To start off Zero Waste Week the right way, we are challenging you to think outside the box. Literally.
As seen throughout the food industry, excess packaging is a major source of wasted resources. Whether you buy chopped watermelon in a container or apples in snack-sized bags, these products use unnecessary plastic that often ends up sitting in landfills. It's hard these days to avoid these products that are heavily endorsed within markets, so how can we avoid this trap?
Many stores have joined the package-free initiative by promoting reusable products as replacements for their plastic alternatives. One such example is Package Free, which started as a pop-up store in Brooklyn. They sell a large variety of waste-free products ranging from reusable bags and water bottles to the more adventurous straws and clothing. These stores are spreading with the growing initiative to reduce our environmental impact (another example is ZERO market in Colorado), so make sure to see if there is one near you!
In addition to packaging stores, you can even find local markets that promote reducing waste. Many supermarkets reduce packaging by selling food in bulk and encouraging customers to bring in glass containers for their food! To see where you can find an eco-friendly market near you, check out this amazing list from Litterless. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box during your next market visit!
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