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.