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Waste Reducing Tips at the Grocery Store

By: Carly Chagas
February 23, 2018

Looking for ways to reduce your waste while grocery shopping? When you’re at the store, do you ever ask yourself why your cart is filled with plastic bags and food packaging? We have some of our favourite grocery store and food hacks below that will help you and your family reduce your household waste.


Say bye bye to plastic bags at the cash. Not only will you save money from not having to purchase bags every time you grocery shop, but it will greatly reduce the amount of waste in your household. Did you know that 2.86 billion plastic bags are used each year in Canada?! That’s approximately 200 bags per person a year. That’s a statistic that we are passionate about reducing and simply making the switch to reusable grocery bags will do just that.

Produce bags

Produce bags are one of our favourite grocery store hacks. We keep a set of these in our reusable totes so we don’t ever forget them. They are great for produce and larger bulk items like nuts and pulses.

Sandwich bags

Plastic baggies, like ziplocs, are a staple in most kitchens. They are really handy for sandwiches, partially cut fruits and veggies, and lunches. Investing in several reusable options will ultimately save you money in the long term! We like to use silicone or cloth bags.


Jars are the most handy item in the kitchen. They can be used anywhere from drinking glasses, sauce containers to freezing jams. Some grocery stores (like Bulk Barn) will let you bring your own container to the store to fill up! Buying in bulk is also a great waste reducing tip because you get the food without the wasteful packaging.

Food wrap

Our favourite brand of reusable food wrap is Abeego. It’s a Canadian brand that created food wrap out of beeswax! We love it! These reusable wraps come in multiple sizes and will reduce the amount of waste in your home as it lets your produce breathe naturally extending its life.

Does your family use any of the reusable options above? Let us know! For more tips on how you can help reduce food waste, read our articles here and here. Don’t forget to check us out on FacebookInstagramTwitter or Pinterest.