I discovered my new favorite zero waste shop in Austin and it's less than 2 miles from my house. wut wut! It's called in.gredients. I went there once a few years ago and thought it was just an overpriced hippie bodega but now that I shop with zero waste in mind, this shop is a little heaven to me. They make it incredibly easy to shop with your own containers by providing a "tare station" right when you walk in. You go to the counter and weigh your own containers and print out a sticker to attach to the bottom of the container. When you go to the cashier they automatically scan the container and subtract the weight from your item. Voila! So easy. Why don't they do that everywhere?
Here are some hard to find items that in.gredients carry in bulk or package free.
- Dish washing soap
- Eggs, reuse your old carton
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body Soap
- Essential Oils
- Clay for masks
- Bulk dog food that Kevin already eats!
- Laundry Detergent
- Local organic produce
- Lots of prepared foods like pizza, tamales, sandwiches, package free
- Coffee, tea, beer, and other drinks. Re-use a growler or bring your own container
- Cheese wrapped in compostable paper instead of plastic
- Coconut oil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other liquids
- Spices, flours, oats, pasta, legumes, candy
It's a tiny shop but you can get so much without any packaging, it's so great! I don't know if it's sustainable to really do my grocery shopping there but I now know of a quick and easy spot to get my eggs, bulk cleaning and basic beauty supplies. I can't believe this is what excites me in life right now.