The dreaded weekly grocery shop! It is hard enough to coordinate without having to think about how to feed yourself and your family waste free, right. Wrong!

Well, okay, maybe slightly right, but it’s not as hard as you think.


As with any successful food shop, preparation is key. You need to know where to shop, specifically which stores will let you use your own reusable containers and where you can find the food items you need in bulk.

You may also be wondering how to even go about buying food in bulk with your own reusable containers. It is not as scary as you think! The first few times does take you out of your comfort zone, but once you have the hang of it, it is a walk in the park.

And, there is nothing like that feeling of pride after your first zero-waste food shop!

Yes, you may need to go to more than one store and it may take more time, but you’ll be supporting small businesses rather than big businesses, and you will get better, more personalised service from a community-minded and like-minded outlet.

And, you may need to get more adventurous in the kitchen, but hey, make a mess and have fun with it!

A trashless kitchen means eating freshly baked bread from the bakery down the street rather than packaged, mass-produced bread from the supermarket, knowing exactly where your meat comes from and more choice over the exact cut you want, and spending your precious weekend mornings at an outdoor farmers market, not indoors inside an overcrowded, bad-music-playing store.

Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

And, once you’ve read our plastic-free, waste-free grocery shopping and cooking tips and tricks, you’ll be prepared and confident enough to rock a zero-waste food shop and become a composting queen and food-saving, empty binned chef.

Find out how to shop and cook waste free…