March has finally arrived (ushering in that season in which riders in the northern hemisphere leave the barn wearing more hair than their horses)! So with the beginning of daylight savings time in the rearview, the official start of spring just around the corner, and Saint Patrick’s Day looming, we’ve got green on our minds, but we’re not the only ones.
Last week, Trader Joe’s announced that it will eliminate over one million pounds of plastic packaging from its stores this year (slow clap). The retail giant is one of the first large grocers to attempt to reduce the number of single-use plastics on its shelves. Since only 9% of all plastics end up being recycled, reducing packaging at the source is a great way to get in front of the planet’s pollution problem. Additionally, waste-free boutique grocers are popping up in locations like Brooklyn and Denver, with reusable containers (mostly mason jars) and bulk bins efficiently replacing plastic containers in their entirety.
As nature lovers with a passion for sustainability, we love the green ones (retailers, that is)! We’re completely on board with this movement, but we realize that not everyone has the ability to haul empty glass jars to Brooklyn to fill them with oat flour and lentils every Saturday (“not everyone” most definitely includes us). Still, we’ve discovered a few inexpensive and undaunting ways in which we can do our part to be less trashy around the house, so this week we share them with the hope that maybe you’ll be inspired to do the same.
P.S. They also make great gifts for your eco-friendliest friends.