Mindful Shopping

Last week I had my first zero waste month shopping experience at the SLO Natural Foods Co-op.

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I stayed in the produce and bulk isles of the store to ensure little to no packaging. For the bulk items I used reusable glass jars instead of single use plastic bags. I placed the produce directly in my cart and washed later instead of using the ever so frightening plastic bag.

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I steered clear of the isles with packaged food but caved and bought a loaf of bread.

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This loaf is packaged in a plastic bag! I feel bad but what I’m I to do? I love avocado toast in the morning! I talked with one of the co-op workers, Teresa, and she lent me a book on baking my own bread with ingredients from the bulk bins. This week I am going to attempt to bake my own bread, wish me luck!

IMG_3389Did you know you can refill your shampoo and conditioner at SLO Natural Foods? By doing this it eliminates the many plastic shampoo bottles that are thrown away every year.

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Practicing mindful shopping has forced me to think about everything I am buying on a deeper level.  I used to only think about whether or not the food item was healthy for me to be consuming. Now I am thinking about whether or not the packaging of the food item is healthy for me and the Earth.

I not only bought a loaf of bread but also a plastic bag. My goal for this experience is not only to be more mindful but to learn how to live my life in a zero waste way.

I biked home with my reusable bags full of yummy food and thought about what kind of world I would like to live in and leave for future generations.

xoxo Sarah Bellum

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