This article is to help you cut out all plastic waste while shopping at bulk food stores, saving you money and time.
Note: Check out Where To Shop: A State-by-State Guide for the ultimate list of zero-waste bulk stores available in the States.
Start Collecting Jars - Right Now!
Think of all those poor people tossing perfectly good glass jars, never knowing that they’re throwing out their zero-waste best friends!
The best jars for bulk shopping are those with wide enough brims that will allow you to scoop flour and nuts without too much spillage.
Note: For tips on how to properly clean and sanitize your reusable jars, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post!
For Flours & Powders:
-Large pickled foods jars (pickles, bean salad, artichokes, etc)
Note: If you’re not opposed to storing food items in plastic, you could do a lot worse than clean peanut butter containers! They’re light and have a tight seal.
For Nuts & Candy:
Because nuts (etc) are less likely to spill and make a mess while you’re adding them to your reusable containers, you get a little more flexibility with the type of jar you can use.
Medium-sized jars - like Dijon mustard containers - are great for these ingredients, as you won’t overbuy on expensive items, like almonds.