The US landfills 1.4 billion pounds of waste per day. 40% of that is packaging that is used just once.
The first zero-packaging grocery store in American is slated to open in Austin, Texas this fall. In.gredients will carry locally sourced organic products that is 100% packaging free. The store aims to sell everything that a conventional grocery store will have – even beer, dairy products and wine. Consumers will have to come prepared with their own bags and containers.
With this new store concept, consumers not only can shop 100% packaging free, they will only need to buy what they need.
While no such store in Canada exists yet, there are ways to shop to reduce your packaging and food waste. Below are some resources for tips from people who strive to live zero waste.
- Plastic Manners is a blog by local Vancouverite, Taina Uitto who took the challenge of living plastic-free for a year. She has a list of tips on how to avoid plastic (including plastic packaging of course). You can read more about Taina and her experience through this Granville Online interview.
- The Zero Waste Home blog is written by mother Bea Johnson about how her and her family live almost zero waste. She also has a list of tips on her blog and this video (scroll to the bottom of the article) shows how Bea and her family shop packaging free.
What a Waste: The Food We Throw Away (World Vision Canada)
How We Waste Food (The Star)
What a waste (Macleans)