Go Green in Every Room: Plastic Free Pantry November 12, 2020 Email The pantry can be a place where many single-use plastics live, including food packaging and plastic storage bags. However, there are a few easy ways to purchase the same great food while reducing waste. Consider the options below to help reduce plastic waste in the pantry. Glass Storage Jars Glass jars can be purchased or recycled from other food products, such as pickle jars for example. They are an ideal way to store food, as it is easy to see what’s inside, they typically fit nicely next to one another on a shelf, and their lids generally seal better than plastic food containers. When buying groceries, it is easy to put bulk items like beans or grains in a glass jar brought from home. Depending on the store, cashiers may ask to weigh your jar before you fill it, or they may ask you to self-weigh on store provided scales. This weight will then be subtracted from the total weight when it is time to pay. Be sure to call ahead to see if there are any COVID-19 related bulk container restrictions at your store. Silicone Storage Bags This lightweight option is a great way to store smaller items or leftovers, like crackers or chips. It is easy to bring on the go, just toss it in a lunchbox or backpack when you’re headed out of the house. Reuse Spice Jars Once the original packaging of a spice is empty, it can be reused. Both glass and plastic spice containers are refillable, and often have a lid that can be unscrewed for easy refilling. Spices can be bought in bulk and are typically cheaper than their pre-packaged equivalents. When it’s time for more, simply bring the container to the store, have it weighed when empty, and refill it at the bulk bins. Be sure to call ahead to see if there are any COVID-19 related bulk container restrictions at your store. Beeswax Food Wraps These handy cloths are made of fabric dipped in beeswax. They can be purchased from a local vendor or even made at home. They are great for protecting baked goods like breads or muffins. The cloth is wrapped around the items, and then naturally clings to itself creating a seal around the food.