Zero Waste Shopping Guide for Students

I am a student who doesn’t necessarily want to spend much time on the thought of what to buy when, where and how. Since I live a Zero Waste Lifestyle, that luxury requires some preparation in order for it to become a convenient routine. I have created a list of essential shopping tools and a list of things to buy in the beginning of the month in order to prevent unhealthy eating habits at the end of the month. I present to you: The Ultimate Shopping Guide for Students

 What to take when going on a Zero Waste shopping spree: 

  • Washable, reusable bags to put your groceries in (I use my colourful pillowcases)
  • A few mason jars or something similar to put flour, grain, spices,  liquid like soap or oil in. Try to find a reusable wine carrier to carry them.
  • Bring a few small cloth bags for nuts and herbs.

What to buy in bulk at the beginning of the month:

  • Dried
  • Dried

Because you
have to soak them in water for about 12 hours you will be less likely to run
out by the end of the month. You can use them for beans on toast, vegetables
with beans and they are a great source of protein.

  • Different
    types of whole wheat flour  (or
    grain if you have a flour mill like I do)

It is
unlikely that you will run out of an entire jar of flour and it is great to
bake your own bread, make pancakes, thicken your soup or semolina pudding.

  • Potatoes

Ahh my
favorite!!!…..Baked potato with sour cream, homemade French fries with
salt, olive oil and garlic; mashed potatoes with onion rings, homemade potato
chips. They are so versatile, easy to store and don’t take long to make.

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut

important!!! Make sure you always buy those in the beginning since they are
not only essential for most cooking dishes but also for all your beauty

  • Honey

Another essential
thing to have at home since everything tastes better with a little

  • Sea salt

Make sure its
not iodized salt. You need it for baking, cooking and taste enhancement.

  • Trail

Great to go snack. If you can’t find a trail mix in bulk at your local health
food store simply buy what you can get in bulk and mix it yourself.

  • A
    selection of your favorite spices

important since at the end of the month you will probably eat simpler meals.
In order to still make them taste amazing you need to add spices like chili,
oregano, rosemary or curry.

“Accessorize” your main ingredients every week with different fresh vegetables and fruit in order to keep your diet balanced and your cooking experience fun.

For your weekly shopping list look at my blog post about Zero Waste shopping for some inspiration.

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