As a former loyal customer, I wanted to let you know, my family tries to avoid plastic packaging and since I have a hard time finding any plastic free food products at TJs, I started shopping at QFC, Safeway and PCC instead.
I would like to buy plastic-free produce (cabbage, salad, zucchini, carrots,...), also bread, rolls, cereal, nut butter, nuts, pasta, snacks and treats for my kids from Trader Joe's like I used to do, if you would offer open vegetable, switch to paper packaging or find a biodegradable alternative to all your plastic packaging.
I read your sustainable plan but offering recyclable plastic is not enough. Eliminating plastics is the right thing to do and the zero waste movement is growing fast. Looking forward to your standard text reply. :-)
Bulk granola in reused cereal bag,
Bulk Maple syrup refilled,
Strawberries in paper packaging,
Sarah made these lotion bars made out of bees wax, oils for her school's maker fair and used paper bags.
We ran out of Olive oil, so I had a trip to PCC on my mind all week, the only place I know to refill out olive oil container. I brought a big box of mason jars and snack bags - and husband.
Husband refilled olive oil, which required some patience for a big jug. I refilled a small glass bottle of maple syrup which funnily had still a label matching exactly the brand, type and grade of the maple syrup on tap. I also filled a jar with honey.
Kids picked a granola and fig bars for snack. I filled up a reusable ziplock with semisweet chocolate chips, which I love as treats (so versatile). I also got some quick oats to refill our paper container at home.
I was very excited to find strawberries in paper packaging instead of the usual single use plastic container. I saw chocolate dipped strawberries at Fred Meyers and didn't want to get them in plastic, but now I could just make them myself for our BBQ with friends in the evening.
Husband refilled our egg carton. Kids picked each a lemon for their free fruit.
My plan was to let husband handle the check out (always sparks a bit of anxiety not knowing if someone in line isn't happy it will take a bit, or the cashier rolling eyes having to weight everything, but he did not want to let me go. He hates situations like this just as much as I do. ;-) At least this time I learnt from my mistake from my last visit and had the weight in lb on each container and a sheet with all PLU codes in my hand. Check out went fairly quick and efficient that way and the cashier wished my a happy Mother's Day and raved about how well organized we were with our containers and PLUs. :-)
Husband, kids and I all left with a huge smile.
Total was also less than expected. Receipt had an error as potatos were charged as something else, but we didn't want to fix it. Organic olive oil is always expensive and we refilled a huge jug ($25), which will last for a couple months. And we got a big bag of granola and honey and croissants (in paper bags) for the kids.
Heard some good things about Fred Meyers bulk section, so husband and I went to check it out. I did not find anything exciting as it's pretty much the same selection as most other stores and definitely less as PCC. Quick oats were out. It looked a bit dirty and some of the containers did not have any shovels or tongs.
We got a couple gummy bears for the kids, a snack bag full of pepita seeds, a bag full of plantain chips. Husband had to bang hard against the tube, so the chips would come out on the bottom. Another shopper came around the aisle to tell him things would fall of the shelf on the other side from his banging. Oops. I left a bit disappointed not finding any long missed food items. They do have peanut butter and almond grinders, too but nothing special besides.
The seafood/meat department wrapped our shrimp and trout in paper, also chicken breast. She said she would not even pack these in plastic. Default. Great.
One surprise was Mochi icecream in bulk. There is a freezer with 12 different flavors and 4 pieces are $5. We love Mochis, but usually they come in a plastic tray. I filled a Mason jar with 8 Mochis.
Self check out was fine. All items were in fabric bags, so we didn't have to figure out how to take of the container weight. Mochi prize was by piece.
We got some rolls in bulk - put them in a paper bag.
I am not sure I would just come back for just the Mochi, definitely not for the bulk. However, the trout was fantastic and cheap, so if we want to BBQ fish again, we will consider it.
Son needed a quick lunch after a sports match and we stopped at McD. It was a very hot day and all our water bottles were empty, so I ordered a soda. At the pick up window I quickly asked if I could get the soda in my cup - after checking with the supervisor - we learnt we would need to pour it in our cup ourselves. Aehm. What is the point then?
Maybe that works if you just want to use your cup, but this is not helping when you try to avoid any single use cups with plastic lids. McD, you should overthink this. Starbucks can do it.
Weather is very warm for May this week. I worry for my plants I planted in the park next to our house. It's already too dry.
Went to pick up son from soccer practice to meet up at daughters soccer practice with husband for dinner. The challenge, finding a picnic for the park, feeding the entire family without any plastic packaging.
We went to Metropolitan Market as they have a great open food bar with lots of options. We got some chicken pieces, a baguette in paper, cookies in paper, cauliflower and tomatoes, and a glass bottle of tea and sparkling water. I was not happy I forgot to bring water from home, but we were really really thirsty.
I brought my paper box to fit our dinner in. Cashier scanned everything and we even thought of bringing their coupon for a pound of free asparagus. Total was expensive ($43) for a picnic, but as expected from Met Market. All tasted well and other folks commented on the great smell.
Highlight were the cookies with the melted chocolate.
Live changing. Today I discovered and joined the Zero Waste group on Facebook. It's a big group with tons of resources how to find or make almost about everything I tried to figure out the last couple weeks.
I am so so so happy. This is so awesome. I see posts about flashmobs at QFC learning how to work their bulk scales to take off the container weight. Learning about how to make things, and where to find things and how other folks do it.