I live in Denver, Colorado and there is a fantastic new store called “Zero Market” here. It’s located in a re-purposed airport building near where I live. They have lotions, laundry soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, tea, essential oils, cleaners, and so much more that people can buy using their own containers.
You can also buy reusable containers here. They have stainless steel containers and reusable cutlery for waste-free lunches. For your plastic-bag-free shopping, they have mesh and cotton produce bags. They have reusable straws, coffee cups, drink bottles, shopping bags, bamboo toothbrushes and much more.
If you’ve taken on the #SustainableThree #WasteNotWantNot2018 DAY 10 challenge of trying buying in bulk using TARE weighted containers, you know it’s a learning process. Sometimes the learning process is occurring for the cashier at the supermarket who is not used to dealing with TARE/bulk weighing process and ringing up of net weight products.
Sometimes the learning is for us who have grown up throwing away or recycling packaging for items like cereal, flour, rice, coffee, tea, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste and such. Knowing that everything goes somewhere and all that packaging either ends up in a landfill or using more fossil fuel energy to be recycled, it can feel really good to shop in bulk.
Zero Market is a store where they’ve fully embraced shopping in bulk and are passionate about reducing packaging. It’s truly a treat to shop here.
Owned by Lyndsey and Jesse Manderson, this store is a pleasure to explore. Their passion for the planet radiates from the shelves…and their smiling faces.
An ideal field trip might be to put several Mason jars (Mason jars have a standard weight, so no need to pre-weigh and label before going to the store) into a reusable bag in a backpack or bicycle basket and go Zero Market shopping. On a beautiful day, it would mean fresh air, sunshine, exercise and a conscience cleansing shopping trip. You could have a coffee at the nearby Logan House cafe while there. Then, cycle home and put away your items.
I’ve included some photos for inspiration.