Tips for Shopping Bulk Barn with ZERO Plastic Waste

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.


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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:

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-Large pickled foods jars (pickles, bean salad, artichokes, etc)

-Salsa jars 


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. 


For Spices:


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