Buy in bulk and store in glass jars

Packaging is a big generator of plastic. Reducing packaging waste keeps trash out of landfills and pollution out of the ocean. The more items you can buy in bulk, the more you’ll save in packaging !

Bulk food shopping is faster, easier, cleaner and way less cluttering and wasteful than any other method.

The point is to avoid using plastic. So don’t use the plastic bags offered next to the bulk section. Instead bring your own jars or reusable bulk bags. Reusable bulk bags are my favorites. They’re designed to hold bulk section food and be light enough so that they don’t need to have their weight subtracted from that of your food. They’re also washable.

Once at home you can store the food in glass jars.


Bulk food shopping has been one of my favorite, most rewarding zero waste lifestyle changes I’ve made.

See below a list of options for waste-free, package-free shopping:

  • Integral Yoga Natural Foods 

This store offers all-vegetarian natural foods, seasonal produce and an extensive selection of bulk foods.

Where To Find It:

West Village, New York City

229 W 13th St

Monday to Friday : 8am-9.30pm

Saturday: 8am-8.30pm

Sunday: 9am-8.30pm

  • Buy in Bulk at Whole Foods

What can you buy in bulk? Rice, grains, flours, pasta, soup mixes, beans, cereals, trail mixes, nut butters, sweeteners, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Many of the stores also have bulk herbs, spices, salts and peppercorns. And some of the stores have bulk teas and coffee too.

The process is easy. You just have to fill the bag or container (provided by Whole Foods) with the amount you want and to write down the number you see on the bin on a twist tie or label to place on the bag or container.

Where To Find It:

Look at the Whole Food store list to find the closest store.

  • Package Free 

Package Free sells bulk home goods and bath & body products. All you need is a mason jar, and if you’re in need of one, you can even buy one there.

Where To Find It:

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

137 Grand Street
Open Daily 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

  • The Fillery

When The Fillery’s founder Sarah Metz first moved to Brooklyn, the visible waste in New York inspired her to take action towards lessening food and packaging-related waste at a local level.

Where To Find It :

Follow along their journey on their blog as they move closer to opening.





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