Plastic Free July: Composting update and buying bulk
If you read my newsletter (because you’ve subscribed to my website), I posted about Plastic Free July and talked a bit about composting. To review, there are many ways to compost. Here’s the two-minute video I posted in my newsletter about how Lauren Singer, founder of Package Free Company and Trash is for Tossers composts (that’s probably the easiest way).
Where to take your compost if you’re following Lauren’s way:
I learned that my brother has been composting without my knowing because he’s a supreme human being, and although his method is interesting, I found a company in Salt Lake that will take my food waste and give it to a local company. Through an anaerobic digester, that company converts food waste into natural gas, giving energy to +15,000 local homes! Amazing! Although that’s one option, another option is communicating with a local garden/farm that can use the compost for fertilizer! You can also get a CSA there too!
I forgot to include bulk shopping in my newsletter about Plastic Free July, but it is a wonderful thing when all of the food at the grocery store is wrapped in plastic. I found all of my local food shops through Litterless, which is one of the many sites that can point you in the direction of where you can buy bulk locally. I know what you’re thinking––they only have like dried mangos and granola. Not true! That might be just what you see if you go to Whole Foods, but bulk-specific stores can have all of the following items:
- Face Wash and other hygienic products
- Olive oil
- Laundry detergent
- Household cleaners
- and so much more!
Thank goodness package-free stores are becoming more popular, because if you can, why aren’t you? Yes, it might be a little bit inconvenient to drive to wherever the store is because it might be a little out of the way, but you don’t have to go there every week! You can still get your regulars like fruit and veggies at the grocery store (I just don’t use a bag for any of it), and if you need something that requires a package, like olive oil, for example, head to your local bulk store!
These package-free stores also make it really easy for you and sell containers that you can refill, like dispensers and such. For bulk stores that have eggs, they want you to bring back the carton so they can reuse it!
I went to HelloBulk Markets in Salt Lake for the first time with Alex and it was amazing. I think I almost cried from joy. I brought some mason jars my mom had in our basement and a couple of plastic containers. I wrote the tarre (initial weight) on the jars and containers (which they can do for you too), told them what I needed in what, they filled it up, weighed it, and boom. That easy.
So please start looking around for your local bulk markets! Shop at farmer’s markets! Bring your own bags if you can!