Are zero waste groceries expensive?: bulk vs Walmart comparison

One of the big complaints I hear about zero waste grocery shopping – aside from lack of access to bulk – is how expensive it is. I always just sort of assumed that was true, but then realized I was making a 90% zero waste shop each week while staying under $40 (for two people).

So if I – person on an extreme budget living in Indiana in a county with less than 180,000 people – can make it happen, chances are zero waste groceries are more accessible and more economical than you might expect. read more

A zero waste guide to thrift shopping

I put together this zero waste guide to thrift shopping because I think – too often – people are put off by buying second hand. It can be seen as dirty or below someone, when in fact it’s an amazing way to get what you need without wasting more resources. This guide will address three types of things people commonly thrift and some tips on how to find quality items.

But first, I’d like to address a few of the questions people often have when thinking about thrift shopping and zero waste. read more

How to get (near) zero waste groceries without bulk

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 available in bulk/$1.99 for a can vs. $.69 for a can

Those prices are a pretty big difference! read more

Tips on getting near-zero waste orders from Amazon

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 just sheer laziness! read more