I have a dilemma on my hands.
Tonight, while my daughter is at her outdoor baseball practice, I will be visiting the Bulk Barn. They closed the store near our home, so the next most conveniently located one is near the diamond where she practices.
I love the Bulk Barn. I get all my nuts and seeds from there to eat during my low/no carb diet spurs I go through every once in a while. I get oats and specialty flours from there, spices and sprinkles for the child-baker in this house… I even get dog treats from there if we’re dog sitting.
The Bulk Barn in Canada has specialty containers you can purchase, or bring your own clean ones, to discourage from plastic bag usage. It’s no secret that there is too much plastic polluting our world today. I’ve written about this before (see further reading below), and am keenly aware of our own [mis]-use of plastic.
I try. Some weeks are better than others. But I’ll tell you one thing: the Bulk Barn visits weigh on me.
Bringing my containers shouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the following issues:
Most of the stuff I need replenished isn’t completely out yet. This means the jars are still about 15-20% full. What do I do here? Bring another jar or container and then pour it into the existing one?
This works if I need to purchase only a few bulk items. But, because we lost our store near home, I don’t make the trip to purchase bulk food as often as I used to. Now, by the time I do end up near a Bulk Barn location, I have a long list of items we need. Which means that I would need to bring a lot of empty containers with me. Probably at least 15 or 20 containers.
I look at my current list. I need large flake and quick cook oats, flax, spelt flour, all purpose flour, navy beans, at least four different kinds of nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut and about five or six different spices I’ve run out of for a while now.
I also need baking soda, baking powder and couscous. And quinoa, the multi-coloured one. Also chocolate chips. Maybe two different kinds…(The idea to chop their chocolate Easter bunnies to make chocolate chips was not well received by the girl-child. 🙂 )
That’s a lot of containers to bring with me. I don’t even know if I have enough empty, clean containers to bring with me…
I’m not sure how I’ll tackle this dilemma tonight. But if I do use the bags to scoop my food items into, I’ll re-use those bags for something at some point. Perhaps they’ll function as dog poop bags…but that’s a whole other dilemma.
For tonight, I have to force myself to remember to at least bring the re-usable shopping bags to place all my bulk food bags into. That’s at least two bags less than usual.
It’s a start.
How do you handle bulk food shopping? Is there even a choice where you live? Do you recycle or re-use your plastic bags?
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