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Plastic Free July - Day 02: Shop in Bulk

I know it may sound difficult, but I swear to you, you need to start shopping the bulk section of your local or national chain grocery store. You will save mad money.

imagine how glorious it would be if this was our reality in the United States

imagine how glorious it would be if this was our reality in the United States

Using those super cool cloth produce bags I told you about yesterday, I found probably the best deal of my life: organic oatmeal in bulk at Whole Foods. I paid 70 cents for what ended up more than filling up my old Trader Joe’s 18 oz cardboard container. I started doing this method in May and have been re-using the same cylindrical cardboard container ever since. You could also use a glass jar, any kind of pretty kitchen container, or even store it in your cupboard in the cloth bag - totally up to you. But seriously, this is a steal!

I also starting buying my rice in this fashion, also for pennies and now I don’t have to throw away another stupid one time use plastic bag.

plastic free July | day 2 | bulk shopping | bone collective studio

Granola eater? You will LOVE the bulk section.

plastic free July | day 2 | bulk shopping | bone collective studio

Nuts? Check.

plastic free July | day 2 | bulk shopping | bone collective studio

Still using canned beans instead of dry beans? I just switched to dried beans this year and let me tell you - beans have never tasted so good! Don’t buy canned beans again! And, you guessed it, they’ve got plenty to choose from in the bulk section.

But wait, there’s more! Click here to find bulk stores near you. I’m from a super duper small town in Southeast Missouri originally (Poplar Bluff, represent!) and even they have a natural foods mart where you can get a few items in bulk. If you are in any city, you can for sure find it.

Here are some things that will help you start shopping in the bulk section. Jars, like these or these. Or if you are like me and buying coconut oil from Trader Joe’s, keep those glass jars and use those to store bulk items as well as for your smoothies! Produce bags with tare weight already on them, like these or these. And check out some of our favorite decorative countertop containers below.