Tiny Trash Can zero waste bulk shopping jars

Bulk shopping prep

It’s time to restock my fridge and pantry after being out of town for a week!

When you shop package-free, you have to plan ahead before heading out. With my grocery list in hand, I pull out an appropriate container for each item I plan to purchase. Today I’ll be buying sugar and flour in the pantry jars, chocolates in the mason jar, liquid laundry detergent in the repurposed apple cider vinegar bottle, cheese in the canning jar, maple syrup in the repurposed syrup bottle and peanut butter in the repurposed jelly jar. I spent very little money collecting these containers because friends and family bring me pretty jars and bottles before throwing them in the recycling bin! 😁

4 thoughts on “Bulk shopping prep”

  1. Question: when you take your refillable containers to the bulk barn- do they charge you for the weight of your containers plus the items inside? If so, that would make your purchases more money.

    1. Hi, Lynda! No, they don’t charge me for the weight of my containers. When I arrive in the store, I bring my containers to a cashier to be weighed, and they write the weight on the jar (tare weight). Once I’ve filled the containers, I go to checkout (with the product codes typed in my cell phone) and they weigh each jar and subtract the tare weight before tallying it up. Bulk Barn has been accepting customers’ jars for a couple years now (https://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/bulk-barn-has-embraced-zero-waste-movement.html) so you’ll have no issue bringing your own jars, tubs, bags, etc. In fact, they encourage it! Here’s more info about their reusable container program: http://www.bulkbarn.ca/Reusable-Container-Program/

      I hope you’ll give it a try! Let me know how it goes!

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