Trying to live consciously seems a little bit harder when we do groceries. Most goods come in single-use packaged units at retailers or traditional markets. From the pantry needs to body care, we are used to various sizes of packaged goods. How much plastic waste do we produce in a week? Surely we don’t want to be one of the waste to landfill contributors.
On February 21st, Indonesians will be commemorating the National Waste Awareness Day. The day is set as a reminder of the catastrophic waste avalanche of Leuwigajah Landfill, on the same day in 2006. In order to reminisce the day, join us in supporting the sustainable consumption and production movement by reducing waste from its source.
To support your cause in shifting to a less waste lifestyle, doing groceries at a bulk store would be the proper alternative. Bulk stores provide our daily needs in non-packaged goods, so the customers are obliged to bring their own containers. Some people think that buying bulk means taking huge containers home, as we shop at wholesalers. On the contrary, you can measure groceries according to your needs.
The first thing to consider is making a grocery list. Without a list, browsing in a store you’ve never been in before can be a little overwhelming, and you might be going to spend more money than you intend on ingredients that you don’t really need.
You also need to prepare for the groceries containers. If you want to avoid packaging you might want to bring glass jars, containers or reusable produce bags. Use what you have at home, and don’t forget to wash them so that it’ll be ready when you’re going to reuse the containers.