How To: Reduce Waste While Grocery Shopping!

Need tips on how to reduce waste while grocery shopping? We’ve got you covered!

Whether you have our farmers market shopping set or a collection of your own totes, the following tips will make your grocery hauls more friendly towards the environment and your wallet!

We’re sharing some of our own favourite tips and suggestions from our friends.

@jetsetmama Seed & Sprout Co Byron Bay

Photo Credit: Local Byron Bay mum @jetsetmama

Plan Ahead  

Planning ahead is one of the easiest ways to reduce your waste! Take into account which supplies you're running out of and how frequently you buy groceries and cook at home. Get into the habit of planning meals ahead so that you know what and how much to buy.

Make a list of ingredients and household supplies that will come in handy and remember to bring it with you to your local market or store. By not overbuying, you’ll be helping the planet and your wallet.

Zero waste market haulDon’t be intimidated by the zero-waste market haul. Practice makes perfect!

Keep your market essentials together. This will make it easier for you when you’re leaving the house. If you’re in a rush, you won’t forget your favorite jars or bags!

Reusables Are Your Best Friends

Tote bags, produce bags, and jars. These will most likely become your partners in crime while reducing your waste. While making your grocery list take into account which types of containers you’ll be needing and make sure to keep these together.

Seed and Sprout toteTake note of which bags and containers you’ll be needing for your next grocery haul! Credit: @plasticfreemermaid

Will you buy peanut butter? Our pods or a jar might come in handy. What about bulk snacks? Our snackers work wonders. Visiting the dairy and meat aisle? Our stackers have your back. Be creative and practical when choosing what to store in which container.

Share What You Learned

Every trip to your local market and store is a learning opportunity. Make a mental note of what worked, what didn’t, and something else you’d like to try. Maybe you can find plastic-free produce at another market, or you can learn how to make your own peanut butter!

Seed and sprout tote
Kristin likes to share with her children the importance of reducing waste!

Most importantly, share your experiences with friends, family, or anyone who’s interested in reducing their waste! Learning from each other is one of the best ways to make the world less plastic dependent. Kristin Hilton, from @justaddflower, tells us that “my biggest thing is teaching my kids the importance of waste and reduction, and supporting and buying local products.”

Kristin buys local flowers for herself and her business!


It doesn’t matter if you’re a zero-waste expert or beginner, there’s always something else to learn and experience. Luckily, we’ve got you covered throughout your adventures!

Is there something else you’d like to know more about? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Karla Boza