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Zero-Waste Shopping Tips

Celebrate Earth Day all year-round by reducing waste when shopping at the co-op.

Buy in Bulk — Great Taste, Less Waste

Buy only the amount of food you need by buying in bulk. Buying in bulk is also one of the best ways to save money, as some items, like flour and rice, are up to 50 percent cheaper in bulk compared to their packaged equivalent. When shopping in the bulk department, weigh your reusable container, fill it with the amount of bulk product you need, then record the PLU number from the bin. That’s it! By using your own reusable containers, you’ll reduce both food and packaging waste.

Shop Products with Minimal or Recyclable Packaging

Mississippi Market strives to use as little packaging as possible on Market Made items and purchases products for sale with minimal packaging. When purchasing items outside of the co-op’s Bulk and Produce departments, search for those with minimal packaging or recyclable or compostable packaging such as Alter Eco’s bagged quinoa.

BYOB — Bring Your Own Bags

By bringing in reusable grocery bags, you not only reduce waste but also save money! Each one is credited 10 cents that can either be taken off your total receipt or donated to a local nonprofit-of-the-month. Because of generous shoppers like you, an average of over $10,000 is raised monthly for local community partners through our Positive Change program.

OptOut of Paper Receipts/Opt-Into Electronic Ones

Did you know you can go completely receipt-less by opting out of paper copies? Alternatively, you can opt-into receiving electronic receipts from the co-op whenever you shop. Simply talk to your cashier about it the next time you’re here. You can always ask for a paper receipt if you need one in the future.

Reuse Milk Jars & Egg Cartons

Buy milk in reusable glass jugs from local farmers Autumnwood and Castlerock. When purchasing bottled milk, you’ll pay a $2.00 deposit that is refunded once empty bottles are returned to the co-op. Farmers pick up used jugs to clean and refill, then return them to the co-op filled with fresh milk. When buying eggs, bring in and reuse your egg cartons. By only packaging the number of local, organic Larry Schultz bulk eggs needed, you’ll save 10 cents off your purchase while reducing packaging waste.

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