Get prepared for 0 rubbish selling with these good reusables

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Waste-free selling requires a right collection to make it successful for shoppers and storeowners alike. Do we have what it takes?

In accurately one week, Canada’s largest bulk food retailer, Bulk Barn, will start permitting shoppers to use their possess reusable containers. This is a unequivocally vast deal, though it will need some allege formulation on a partial of shoppers. Make certain you’re prepared with correct collection and containers to safeguard a smooth, successful emporium on Feb 24th.

TreeHugger asked a folks during Life Without Plastic (a favorite Canadian website with loads of implausible plastic-free products) to import in what they consider are a many useful reusables. They common a following suggestions.

NOTE: Cleanliness is positively crucial. Use containers that can be cleared simply and sterilized thoroughly, and will not catch smells and stains. Ideally, equivocate Tupperware and other reusable plastics.

Cloth bags

Get plain organic string bags for bulk items. (Mesh is best for furnish equipment during a grocery store, though unequivocally value having.) These are good for nuts, dusty fruit, oatmeal, pasta, rice, beans, candies, chocolate, and seeds.

Drawstring string bag (14”x16”), US $8.95

Snap-top hemp and string sandwich bag (4”x4”), US $8.95

LifeSewSweet reusable food bags with Velcro, US $4

Simple Ecology organic string muslin furnish bags, US $8.95 – $16.45

Stitchology sells a 0 rubbish selling pack that includes 9 cloth drawstring bags (small, medium, large), 1 washable crayon, and tare weight hammered on a side. US $35

You can also make your possess from aged sheets, if we wish to be unequivocally green. Bags tend not to work good for powders, flours, and spices.

© Stitchology/Facebook — Reusable string bags for plastic-free shopping

Glass containers

Life Without Plastic recommends Weck jars since they are good for soppy or dry storage and also good for freezing: “Most people solidify in Mason jars though those don’t always keep a food in a best condition as it can't always emanate a best seal.” Weck jars have a accessible wide-mouth shape, rubber seals, and potion lids, and come in a accumulation of sizes.


Mason jars are always useful, quite far-reaching mouth ones. Bea Johnson of a Zero Waste Home uses French-made Le Parfait jars, that we can buy on Amazon.

Square potion containers with immaculate steel lids are another option. 6”x6”x3”, US $32.95

For tiny bulk equipment like spices, use tiny Mason or Weck jars. One good thought from Life Without Plastic is purchasing Riviera dairy products from Quebec, that come in lovable small jars, with reusable porcelain or cosmetic lids available to purchase.

© Riviera

Stainless steel containers

There are many stainless steel options on a marketplace these days. I’m a vast fan of a airtight-watertight containers (US $23.95) we bought from Life Without Plastic years ago. They freeze, refrigerate, smoke-stack well, and work for dry or potion contents.

The store sells extra-large immaculate storage containers that can be frozen, refrigerated, and even reheated on a stovetop. You can write on a steel with non-permanent marker. 20L/5.3 gallon container, US $95.95 (also accessible in smaller size)


It’s critical to be means to write on cloth bags to brand simply what’s inside, quite if you’re selling in vast quantities.

Aquacolor Water Soluble Wax Crayons, US $22.84 around Amazon

Buy some Sharpies! For recording tared weights or essence of potion containers, we can use a Sharpie. Erase with a appropriate of rubbing ethanol – nonetheless tare weights are useful to keep on a jar if we keep selling with it. It’s reduction fussy than paper labels.

© Jade Julia

Reusable vinyl-backed chalkboard labels are an inventive idea. Available on Etsy, Jade Julia, or qualification stores. US $8.99 for 50 labels


Shopping with a tough cosmetic box is some-more accessible than grocery bags, generally if you’re transporting heavy, frail potion jars to and from a store by car. This is how we do it – with a assistance of a vast grocery bin.

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