Very excited I explored QFC's bulk section. For snack foods, my kids love carbs (tortilla chips, pretzels, gold fish, cracker), but all of these come in plastic bags and I am very committed to not buy anything in plastic for as long as possible.
I got some banana chips and found a flax seed tortilla chip that is a bit salty, but definitely a carb snack option. I also got some chocolate covered raisins as the chocolate almonds were such a hit, but raisins are much cheaper.
Our QFC has a scale with a price label printer right in their bulk section. I could not figure out how to take of the weight for the container, but weighed them in a fabric snack bag which does not weigh much.
At the meat counter I bought chicken breast, who got just wrapped in butcher paper as I requested. I also got some shrimps but those ended up in a plastic bag before I could say something to prevent it. Next time... I am very grateful each time I ask for plastic free the conversation does not take a dive.
It was like Christmas when I spotted a freezer full of bulk frozen entrees. There is NOTHING plastic free in the frozen section. And having to give up all frozen foods going plastic free is definitely a sacrifice. But now, I see Thai Curry, Salmon Ravioli, Mango Chicken, Mac&Cheese and a potato dish in bulk. I took one of the big paper containers and filled it up with frozen Ravioli - and I filled up my small take out container with Thai Curry.
At the deli counter I asked if I could get turkey breast in just butcher paper and the guy told me he also doesn't like that they use so much plastic. Yeah! LOVE him already. He went out of his way to get me butcher paper which I put in my dedicated turkey breast container. I challenged my luck by flirting with the chicken salad and asked if there is a way I could get some plastic free - and he made it happen. I definitely will be back and I will even write a facebook post about it being the highlight of my day.
I needed a quick dinner, so I got some chicken pieces packaged in a paper box. On the way out I grabbed 2 croissants and 2 donuts out of the bakery bulk case for dessert.
Self checkout took a bit with scanning all the bulk labels, but I got it done and left very satisfied.
Challenge of family of 4 living the WWMFD ('What would Michael Foster do?') way. Inspired by our friend, the Climate Warrior Michael, we are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint at least 10 % each year by going plastic free, travel less, being a more mindful consumer.