Sunday, 4 February 2018

Adventures in Zero Waste Shopping

I can only conclude I'm doing it wrong, or the zero waste eco bloggers just have better hand to eye coordination, and weather apps than I do.

We visited a shop with serve yourself bins for dried goods, paper bags to put things in, loose herbs so you can refill your own jars, and huge vats of laundry liquid and so on, cheaper than buying a new bottle and all that good stuff. We filled the paper bags with the dried goods on our list (I confess there was a small spillage), paid our money and went on our merry way.

Before we got back to the car it rained. Fantastic. We had also driven 30 miles to get the shop*, so hardly good for the environment in the first place.

I did remember to take my little cotton drawstring bag to hold a bar of unwrapped soap. This too got a bit wet, and was sat close enough to the quinoa to interact. I'll just tell people whatever I make with the quinoa also contains coriander, hence the soapy taste, no-one need ever know. 

It has been suggested that I could make some fruit and veg bags out of an old voile curtain we have in the garage, I have no idea if that's a good plan or not but I'll probably give it a go to pass the time next week when the bloke is here fitting the boiler and hopefully making a start on the bathroom. 


*the shop wasn't the only reason for our visit

16 comments:

  1. Oh dear! I hope you have better luck next time. It would be great if more stores got on board with the zero waste concept. X

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    1. Ha! It's such a typical thing to happen to me! I've made a couple of bags from some scrap fabric, we'll see how I get on at the supermarket.

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  2. I wish there was a shop like that around here, I would love to shop like that.

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    1. It's a really nice health food shop, we don't have anything like that here either, we don't even have a market!

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  3. I've made bags for fruit and veg out of an old net curtain [sewn by hand whilst watching the tv] and have been using them for about 18 months in Tesco. The cashier can see what's in there so it's been an easy swap.
    Arilx

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    1. Fantastic, turns out we didn't have a voile curtain any more but I did have a big roll of garden fleece, not the most eco friendly thing but I'll give it a go anyway.

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  4. This shop sounds interesting! I don't think there is anything like that near me sadly!x

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    1. It's a really nice health food shop, a bit of a trek for us but we visit about once a month as we buy other things from the town too.

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  5. We have a bulk store in the mall on the other side of town. I rarely go there any longer as the selection has gone down hill. However I don't have 30 mile drive, so perhaps I will take a look and see if things have gotten better.

    Good for you. Sorry it had to rain though.

    God bless.

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    1. There used to be quite a number of "weight your own" discount shops around but there aren't as many these days, bulk tends to be at health food stores and things. I just take advantage of them when we come across them.

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  6. I wish there was a place like that near us, not even one in the city of Cardiff yet - though I am sure someone will see the gap and plug it. I agree about paper bags in this rainy country, so yes net bags are the way forward. We were thinking of doing something similar for fruit and veg reducing the plastic packaging around it.

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    1. I'd be surprised if someone didn't take a chance on something like that in a big city like Cardiff, I know it's a risk but this year really seems to be the year of reducing waste!

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  7. Sounds a lovely way to shop. You just need a huge umbrella next time :) xx

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    1. It's a proper old school health food store, it's been around for ages. I think I need a butler to hold the umbrella over me!

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  8. I remember a time when I got my fruit and veg from Sainsbury's in paper bags and we had Brown paper carrier bags with string handles from Woolworths. It seems that over the years we have gone backwards rather than forwards in respect of protecting the environment. Bodyshop used to refill their shampoo bottles to at one time but then stopped because of contamination. Our health food shop is very good and does refills and boxes of veg etc.

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    1. I remember when Body Shop used to do refills, although I haven't been into one of their stores for years!

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