Send companies this simple plastic packaging complaint letter

Send companies this simple plastic packaging complaint letter - Green Indy Blog header

Do you ever feel like the world is out to conspire against your zero waste ambitions? (It is.) One way of feeling less helpless in the unending fight against plastic is to reach out to people in a position of power and let them know your thoughts by sending a letter. Sending a plastic complaint letter may not get anything changed, but hey: if you get enough people to do so, the situation may change. Even making companies aware that people are interested in no-waste solutions can be really valuable. To make it really easy, I’ve included a sample letter …

How to get (near) zero waste groceries without bulk

How to get zero waste groceries without bulk - Green Indy Blog

Getting (near) zero waste groceries without bulk options is incredibly difficult. I’m pretty lucky to live near some decent bulk options – if I’m not fussed at stopping by several different places, I can get pretty much anything I need in bulk. That being said, sometimes we don’t have the budget for bulk or hyper-local, organic good from our farmers market. Compare some of our staples at a bulk store and Save-a-Lot, a super cheap discount store: Rice: $4.99/lb for bulk vs. $5.99 for a 10 lb bag Tomatoes: $3.99/lb at the farmers market vs. $.99/lb at the store Chickpeas: not …

Going zero waste in one of Indy’s food deserts

Going zero waste in one of Indy's food deserts - Green Indy Blog

I vividly remember one of the most miserable experiences of my first few months in Indy. Neither my husband nor I had snagged a job yet, and we were coming to the end of our savings. We lived close to downtown but the nearest grocery store was 1.2 miles away. We needed food but really couldn’t spare money for an Uber (nor was there a direct bus route). So my husband and I walked to and from the store, burdened by bags and the cold November wind whipped past us. What if we were not two healthy, young, able-bodied adults? …

Tips on getting near-zero waste orders from Amazon

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Listen. I’m going to be real here: not all of us are living Pinterest-worthy zero waste lives here. Not all of us can spring for a pricey plus shipping stainless steel container from an eco friendly company. (Even if we really, really wish we could!) Not all of us live in large metropolises with 100s of zero waste items ripe for the buying. And if there are zero waste shopping options they may, once again, be out of our price point. Not all of us are able to lead uncompromisingly zero waste lifestyles, whether through some sort of limitation or …

5 small tips for zero waste grocery shopping

5 small tips for zero waste grocery shopping - Green Indy Blog.

I’m going to be real: I’m not one of those people who only shops at the co-op or hyper-local farmers markets. It’s within neither my monetary or temporal budget. I’m OK with that currently, and you should be too, if that’s what your situation allows. But not being able to shop purely in bulk or from local sources doesn’t mean you should give up the good fight against waste! Instead, you’ve got to just be smarter and more organized; to that end, here are five small tips for zero waste grocery shopping. Good luck! Need some zero waste shopping resources …