Most household rubbish and recycling is associated with our groceries; the packaging our food came in or even food scraps themselves. A lot of rubbish also comes from our bathroom and cleaning products.
You can do you part to help the planet by simply buying certain items that are less wasteful than others, buying food unpackaged, and bringing your own reusable bags, containers and jars so that you have something to put the unpackaged food into!
You don’t have to turn your life upside down to reduce your waste. Here are some products we stock at The Pantry that are great alternatives to their plastic counterparts.
Ethique range of soaps and cleaning products including bars for shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and shaving cream.
Beeswax wrappers instead of plastic cling film. We have a variety of sizes and patterns.
Bulk ingredients for baking like flours (we have over XX kinds of flour), sugars and spices.
Cleaning products like dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent – just BYO container.
Here's how to shop for bulk foods at The Pantry:
Gather clean, empty jars and produce bags from home that fit with the items on your shopping list. Remember lids for glass jars, and sealable containers for spices. You can carry all of your empty containers to the grocery in a reusable shopping bag. The Pantry also have Boomerang Bags you can use.
Head up to the counter at The Pantry so the staff can write down the amount each container weights when empty. This is so once you fill them with food, the staff can subtract the weight of the container so you’re only paying for the food you buy. When you come back with the same containers you won’t have to do this again.
Fill your containers with food and remember what's in your containers.
Bring your purchases to the front, and check out.
Congratulations, you've just shopped waste-free.