Plastic-Free Shopping at Stop N Shop

April 20, 2018

I’m still trying to simplify grocery shopping, while striving to be as frugal and as close to zero waste as possible. It’s not easy (or simple), and I keep trying to find a happy balance.

I don’t usually go to Stop N Shop–it’s a really big store, and people always complain about the high prices–but I decided to try out some plastic-free shopping there today. I had great luck! Overall, I was very happy with how much I spent and the quantity of groceries that I got for my money. Here’s the rundown…

What I got that was packaging free:

  • Apples, pears, oranges, bananas, avocado.
  • Two kinds of lettuce, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, red & yellow peppers.
  • Onions, sweet potatoes, ginger.
  • Loaf of multi-grain bread from the bakery, placed into my own cloth bag; I brought the store’s paper bag with bar code on it to the register, but I left it with the cashier.

I’d like to say it was all organic, but it was all conventional. Much of the produce was on sale.

What I got that came in non-plastic, but recyclable packaging:

  • Canned beans, tomatoes, and corn*
  • Box of seltzer in cans.
  • Dark chocolate bar wrapped in paper.
  • Junior Mints & Reese’s Pieces in boxes (these treats are for my daughters to enjoy while we watch the finale of Season 4 of the Great British Baking Show tonight). I like these because they do not have plastic bags inside the boxes.

*I’m not sure if these cans were BPA-free. I suspect not. Click here to learn more about BPA.

What I got that contained some trash:

  • 2 packages of Annie’s mac n cheese–I can recycle the boxes, but the little packets for the cheese will have to go to the landfill.

What I got that was contained in plastic, albeit recyclable:

  • One package of vegan margarine; I am now researching vegan margarine recipes.


  • I didn’t get everything I needed, so I have to go to another store.
  • The carrots and celery were only available in plastic bags, so I didn’t get them.
  • The canned goods may have been a little bit more expensive than Aldi.








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