Dear MCS Families and Friends,
Happy New Year! The Sustainability Committee is excited to announce that each week we will be writing about a tip for sustainable living. This week's tip will focus on buying foods from the bulk bin section at the grocery store. While shopping from the bulk bin section can take a bit more time, it does reduce packaging waste, save money, and provide many non-processed/minimally processed food options. Most major grocery stores have a bulk bin section. One way to make buying from the bulk bin section nearly waste free is to bring reusable sacks. Below is a list of links for retailers that sell bags especially made for bulk food shopping. These bags are virtually weightless, so won't they won't add to the cost of your purchase. I personally recommend the Kootsac bags sold on Etsy. The Kootsac bags are durable for heaving items like beans and grains and easy to wash.
ChicoBag Hemp-Cotton Bag
Earth Junky Eco Reusable Bag
Hands on Hemp Produce/Bulk Bags
Simple Ecology Organic Produce/Bulk Bags
At home, you can store your bulk food items in jars or other airtight containers.
We look forward to sharing more tips with you. Please let us know if you have any great ideas!