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the last bite BULK UP AND SLIM DOWN YOUR WASTE A simple strategy to transform your shopping cart Can you imagine a trip to the grocery without purchasing any packaged food items? When Maureen Wijnen of the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, Indiana, told us that she shops waste-free (page 24), we had to ask, how do you do it? Her secret? Buying in bulk at local food co-ops. Avoiding packaging can be limiting, but Maureen says it encourages her to be more adven-turous with bulk foods and to spend more on fresh produce. Game plan for waste-free bulk buying: t Invest in canning jars in several sizes. Used jars can be found at yard sales and thrift shops. You can also use jars leftover from jams or other purchased products. t Label the jars. When a jar is empty, it can be washed and reused for the next shopping trip. Th e labels are your “shopping list.” t Keep empty jars, along with reusable bags, in your vehicle. (If you are a biker or on foot, consider using repurposed plastic containers.) Photo by Ivan LaBianca 72 72 edible Michiana edible Michiana Summer 2014 Summer 2014

The Last Bite

BULK UP AND SLIM DOWN YOUR WASTE

A simple strategy to transform your shopping cart

Can you imagine a trip to the grocery without purchasing any packaged food items? When Maureen Wijnen of the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, Indiana, told us that she shops waste-free (page 24), we had to ask, how do you do it?

Her secret? Buying in bulk at local food co-ops. Avoiding packaging can be limiting, but Maureen says it encourages her to be more adventurous with bulk foods and to spend more on fresh produce.

Game plan for waste-free bulk buying:

• Invest in canning jars in several sizes. Used jars can be found at yard sales and thrift shops. You can also use jars leftover from jams or other purchased products.

• Label the jars. When a jar is empty, it can be washed and reused for the next shopping trip. The labels are your "shopping list."

• Keep empty jars, along with reusable bags, in your vehicle. (If you are a biker or on foot, consider using repurposed plastic containers.)

Photo by Ivan LaBianca

Read the full article at http://onlinedigeditions.com/article/The+Last+Bite/1715405/210253/article.html.

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