Note: This post was written prior to the pandemic. As Edmonton moves to ban single-use plastic shopping bags, you may find some of Hailey’s tips useful.
My grocery shopping routine has really changed over the last year. I think I was one of the worst for single-use plastic bags, and I am still not perfect.
For starters, I always forgot to bring my fabric bags from home. I used to say, “Oh, next time I’ll remember,” but I never did. Then, as I go down the aisles, I would put all my vegetables in smaller plastic bags and pick up an assortment of other groceries: snacks, spices, toiletries, and so on, all of which came in packaging, usually plastic.
I got tired of creating this waste, and I wanted to change. But I couldn’t do it all at once, so I slowly started shifting away from purchasing items with packaging. I started by investigating grocery stores in my neighbourhood that offered bulk sections and options where I could bring my own containers and I started shopping there.
I got reusable and machine washable bags with drawstrings of various sizes and types. I started putting my vegetables in those bags instead of the smaller plastic ones that hang in the big roll. I started to bring a fabric bag with me wherever I went, to avoid forgetting it.