One of the major sources of garbage, compost and recycling comes from what you bring home from the grocery store. Everything seems to come in packaging within packaging. I will be attempting to reduce the amount of waste I accept when grocery shopping. Bringing your own grocery bags is the first step to reducing waste. The next easy step is bringing your own produce bags for things like apples, granola, buns and bits n bites (see picture). I have found it a bit more complicated when ordering deli items from a clerk. It took me two grocery store visits at different stores to find a clerk that understood about tare and was willing to help me out. unfortunately the day I chose to get my first reduced-waste turkey slices she was not there. Fortunately one of the women working did know what I was talking about and agreed to the project. She weighed my Rubbermaid container first and then added my first request, Thai Noodle Salad. Then she weighed it again and minused out the weight of the container to get the actual cost. She asked for my lid so that it could be put on and labeled. The same process was used for the turkey but she did put it on a thin piece of plastic first. I will have to figure that part out. She actually was a good sport about it. I used another container for a Danish and filled up a veggie sack with Portuguese buns. When I was in line I got a few funny looks and a comment or two. The other customers had never seen anyone with their own containers before and thought it was very prepared of me! This trip was successful because I can see that it is possible to reduce your waste significantly with a bit of forethought. I ended up with 2 stickers, 1 piece of plastic from the turkey and the receipt that automatically prints out when you pay. Accepting it seems like the only option because then I can recycle it versus them throwing it away.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We cannot just rely on recycling to reduce waste. We need to start some change.