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Plastic Free Living and Bulk Shopping

After recently wanting to reach further for a more sustainable, plastic free living kind of life, I’m finding myself in a place that is similar to where I was in Berkeley; in a plantbased household that has lots of loose produce, and food stored in mason jars.

it’s a work in progress 

During my summer in Berkeley, the members of the house I stayed with liked to shop at a place called Berkeley Bowl; they have a crazy amount of bulk foods there, even things like spinach and salad mixes and arugula.

Shopping here was a dream

treasures from Berkeley Bowl

This past Monday Kevin and I went back to the new City Market (Onion River Co-op)  in Vermont to gather some yumminess, with a mindset involving less plastic, and more whole foods.

South End Store

Thankfully, a good amount of their produce comes loose and not wrapped in plastic, and they have a really awesome bulk section; loose tease, oils, fresh nut butter, spices, nuts, granola, snack mixes, candy and so much more.

not as many options for bulk greens, but this is still amazing

They have a scale and markers on hand so that we could write down the weight of our jars, and the product number that is provided on each food bin.

Stemming out of this desire to stop consuming plastic, I’m aiming to make more things from scratch; veggie burgers, even pizza that we can freeze and eat later.

Sometimes I’ll stand outside the lines and get some prepared veggie burgers or a bag of chips, but if I can make something similar that doesn’t need to be wrapped in plastic, I’m trying to go with that.

Yesterday when I got home, instead of running to technology like I usually do on my day off, I spent some time in the kitchen preparing things that I’m trying to no longer buy at the store.

A couple things that are definitely staples in my fridge now are homemade almond milk and homemade juice.

If you want to learn more about making your own juice and your own almond milk, check out these posts below.

Homemade Almond Milk

Minty Blackberry Celery Juice

Kevin has even started making his own watermelon juice and orange juice, so I’m thankful he shares because they’re pretty tasty.

Building off of a plastic free foundation is definitely proving to be a lot more work and a lot more restrictions, but like anything else, practice will always bring improvement.

While I aspire to be vegan and I aspire to live plastic free and shop bulk, I still get chicken wings from time-to-time and trash empty containers of peanut butter once in a while, but it’s getting easier to stay away from those habits the longer I discipline myself.

A work in progress feels better than giving up, so I’m at the point where I just want to try what I can, and enjoy the ride.

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