A simple weekly shop

Zero Waste Shopping, plastic free shopping

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.

– Michael Pollen, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

My nan used to always say that what you spend at the greengrocer, you save at the doctor’s.

I have been going to the same greengrocer every week for the past six years – he has seen me single, pregnant, with a baby and now a son who tottles around the store with his little trolley opening blueberry packs and stealing nuts that fall into the dispenser tray.  I think Bob is about 70 odd and he’s told me before about watching kids grow up in his store…  I’m pretty sure that some of the boys who help carry my shopping back to the car are probably customer’s sons who were offered a job the day they turned 15.

Shopping this way is good for everyone; the fruit & veg isn’t plastic wrapped like the supermarket’s and I know that the person who buys the fruit at the wholesale market has actually tasted it and had a conversation with the grower. I can do almost my entire shop here waste-free, save for the odd milk carton or yoghurt tub, and it’s cheaper overall when you consider that I’m not buying much packaged food and instead making most meals from scratch. A quick stop to the butcher and the bakery next door and I’m done.

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Simple ways to reduce your footprint

Zero Waste Grocery shoppingSince having children I have become a lot more aware of the environment and making sure that we leave this earth in good condition for generations to come.

At first, working towards Zero Waste might seem overwhelming, however every little effort collectively makes an enormous difference. Even if you do just one thing, start shopping with a reusable bag or using a Keep Cup rather than a disposable coffee cup – every little plastic bag and coffee cup saved really does add up when change happens across millions of people.

Here’s a few relatively effortless ways to reduce your environmental footprint:

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Simple beauty

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One of the keys to living a simple life is having less in every part of the home, including the bathroom cabinet which works to simplify the beauty routine in terms of time, products and ingredients.

Where possible I try and substitute highly processed beauty products for whole beauty products (kind of like whole foods for the skin), in order to reduce the amount of chemicals soaking into my skin each day. It’s usually pretty basic ingredients that can be found at the supermarket or health food store. Over the years, I have developed a few favourites:

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A simple cleaning routine

DIY cleaning productsWhen you break it down you only need a small handful of basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home. I tend to refill amber spray bottles that I have bought in the past. Over the years I have developed a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • White vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Olive oil
  •  A few basic essential oils

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