There’s a little convenience store not far from our house called “Farm Crest Milk Store” that I’ve driven by many times. A few weeks ago I happened to remember that we needed milk right as I was approaching the store, so I pulled in the parking lot. I was curious about a whole store devoted to milk but discovered that it’s a lot like a 7-11, with a few gas pumps outside and the usual impulse buy items inside. What was different, however, was a large bank of glass cases full of milk containers. The milk is from a local dairy, it’s raised without growth hormones or antibiotics, it costs a mere $2.22 a gallon, and if you put a $1 deposit on a bottle one time then you can swap your empty bottle for a full one when you return it. We go through one to two gallons of milk a week in this household, so just by making this one switch we’ve eliminated at least 52 plastic gallon milk bottles from the recycling bin.
This exciting development got me thinking about reusable packaging. Remember the old days, when you’d return your pop bottles to the store for a nickle? I haven’t found any other examples of reusable packaging yet, but I’m beginning to see more and more opportunities to buy in bulk and simply eliminate packaging — even better!
A big, beautiful Whole Foods store recently opened at the Streets of Southglenn, and we stopped in to check out the offerings.
The store is simply amazing, from a huge selection of prepared foods to an in-store sushi bar. But I digress. The store also offers a huge variety of bulk items, such as bath salts:
…a huge aisle of bulk beans, rice and grains:
…a machine to fill your own container with filtered water:
…and plenty more. Why not seek out sources of bulk products and reusable packaging in your neighborhood and see what you can find? I’d love to hear about your discoveries.
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