Day 13 Plastic Free July – Shopping day


Plastic free packaging

Plastic free packaging

I was dreading today – grocery shopping day, and more than usual ;). Now in a way I was lucky, I’ve already stocked up on the dry goods at the bulk food store, and my vegies are being delivered tomorrow, so the list is minimal. I just wasn’t sure how I would go.

It needs to be noted that we are a one income family with 3 kids under 9 living in Sydney. Cost is always a factor. I would normally shop at Aldi, but I know their products well and most items come in plastic. So I popped into my local grocery store with my list in hand to see what we could manage.

Milk, Bread, Butter, toilet paper, rice, honey, sugar,chocolate, olive oil.

Now I could have purchased the Olive oil and rice at the bulk store, but I don’t like the flavour of their olive oil and the organic rice was just a smiggin ($8/kg) too expensive for my budget.

I was bitterly disappointed and pleasantly surprised in my shopping experience.

Milk, I was so sure that I would be able to purchase full cream milk in cartons, nope nup not a carton in sight! how very disappointing.

Bread, now I knew that bread was going to be a difficult one, and if I’m going to get it from the supermarket then its going to come in plastic… and yep only plastic wrapped bread is available. Luckily Hubby has taken to baking a loaf every night and the kids just love it. So I only had to buy 1 loaf to store in the freezer as backup.

Butter, well butter met my expectation, after all I buy this stuff every week and well it comes wrapped in paper, just the way I like it 🙂

Toilet paper. Well wasn’t I pleasantly surprised, my local supermarket had 2, yes 2 brands that came packaged in paper, well I bought both, just so I could decide which is the brand we prefer, how nice to have choice!

Rice, well what another disappointment. I could have bought it at the bulk food store earlier in the week, but I couldn’t justify the organic cost, and well sometimes something just has to give. On the supermarket shelf there were so many sizes and varieties to choose from, but every single one was packaged in plastic. Even the huge 10kg packets! fortunately for me the Basmati rice I was after was the only one in a lovely cloth bag that I could easily reuse.

Honey, well again not as easy as I had thought, many of the jars of honey are now plastic, and its a little tricky to tell the difference, make sure to give them a squeeze. I did manage to find one brand in glass.

Sugar, since I buy raw sugar, I wasn’t so sure that i would find this in paper, but there it was it all it’s glory just waiting for me to buy it 🙂

Chocolate… now I never touch the stuff, 😉  I’m not sure how it even got on the list?? 😉  Most of the organic up market brands come cardboard and foil. All the other major brands come in plastic and cost becomes an issue again. If I remember not to long ago all the major brands were in paper, I wonder why the big change?. 😞

Olive oil, well again I knew that this would be an easy win, my bulk store sells olive oil, but I do prefer the taste of the one in the supermarket, so I have opted for that one, in glass in the largest bottle I could get, maybe next time I’ll see if they sell my brand and flavour in the large 4l tins.

So out of the 9 items on my list, 3 items were packaged in plastic, pity it is the items that we consume the most of. But over all I felt pretty happy leaving the store with only a few purchases in plastic.

Next week we are back to school, I don’t think that my shopping list will be quite so small.

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