Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

Hello everybody and welcome back to my Zero Waste series!

A few weeks ago I posted my first Zero Waste Article, explaining the main points and my goals. Today I would like to share with you my first project – Zero Waste Grocery Shopping -!

Many people started to buy unpackaged food the past few years and many package-free food stores started their business. In my city, we also have such a store and I recently started to shop most of my groceries there, especially dry foods like Rice, Cous Cous, Seeds etc.
Now our local Zero Waste store is going to move to the city center which is quite exciting, since I hope that they will have a larger impact on the people in our city and encourage  them to reduce waste.

Vegan chocolate at its best.

The idea of those package-free stores is pretty simple and I am sure most of you have heard of it.
Basically you bring your own jars and bags and spill your dry foods into your own sustainable package.
Cool thing is – it’s not only sustainable, it’s also so much fun and I recently started to really enjoy grocery shopping.


Of course you can’t buy everything unpackaged but there are some simple hacks you can try in order to reduce waste.
At this point I have to underline that I only follow this lifestyle to a certain extent at the moment, but I really hope that I will improve within the years.
I strongly believe that we can have an impact together and reduce waste step by step.
Going „Zero Waste“ shouldn’t be another burden for you and you shouldn’t feel bad about yourself if you aren’t able to follow this lifestyle 24/7.
Personally, I feel that the main goal should be enjoying and appreciating this journey, showing respect to our beloved earth and feel good about making a difference.


So here are some „rules“ I try to follow when shopping groceries:

  1. I buy dry foods at the package-free store and try recipes that include loads of good seeds, nuts, good carbs etc. Here are some of my favourites I always have in my kitchen cabinet:
    – Brown Rice
    – Quinoa
    – Cous Cous
    – Bulgur
    – Wholegrain pasta
    – Chick peas
    – Red and brown lentils
    – Unripe spelt grain
    – dry soy bolognese
    – different kinds of seeds and nuts for salads
  2. I buy unpackaged fruits and veggies. Although people at a normal grocery store might be annoyed that they have to weight 8 apples without a plastic bag…however you could bring a reusable paper bag 🙂
    If they only have broccoli wrapped in plastic, I probably won’t buy it and look for an alternative.
  3. You can buy vegan chocolate and other kinds of sweets at the package- free store 😍
    I usually bring a chocolate jar, unfortunately most of the chocolate will be gone before I get home 😅


  4. I avoid take away foods and prepare and cook as many meals as possible at home
  5. Buying at the local market supports local farmers and it’s environmentally more friendly to shop seasonal and local foods. (Unfortunately we don’t have home-grown bananas in Germany 😄)
  6. Due to sanitary and health protection, shops in Germany are usually not allowed to put meat, cheese etc. into your own plastic boxes, however some of the smaller/local companies sometimes make exceptions.
  7. One of the biggest problems for me is that I haven’t found any place yet that sells soy yoghurt in jars. I know you can buy cow milk products in bottles in jars but at the moment I am often trying to make my own oat milk. But unfortunately I am not able to make my own yoghurt. 😄


As I already said, this lifestyle shouldn’t be a burden and I don’t fail just because I bought foods in plastic. Making a difference is very important and we all have to work together in order to reduce plastic and fight against marine pollution. It is so sad that there are several plastic „islands“ in the pacific ocean and that most beaches are polluted and full of trash. A few weeks ago National Geographic started a new campaign called Planet or Plastic? and I can highly recommend you to read it. We must not keep our eyes closed, we need a change.

I love using an old smoothie bottle as a reusable water bottle!

What do you think about going Zero Waste and is this a project you will take into consideration?

I wish you all the best!


Autor: Sophie B.

Mädchen mit permanentem Fernweh, die Kamera immer dabei! Ich lebe um die Welt zu erkunden!

8 Kommentare zu „Zero Waste Grocery Shopping“

  1. Ein richtig schöner Artikel und einige deineer Tipps wende ich selbst auch an 🙂 Da meistens aber meine Mama einkauft, kann ich leider nicht alles verhindern oder so gut zero waste leben wie du… aber wenn ich irgendwann alleine lebe, würde ich es definitiv versuchen! 🙂
    Übrigens kannst du sogar ziemlich einfach deinen Joghurt selbst machen!! Schau mal hier:

    Liebste Grüße ❤

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    1. Vielen lieben Dank!! Ich weiß genau was du meinst, ich kann das ganze auch nicht immer umsetzten, aber meine Familie und ich kochen nicht sehr viel zusammen einfach weil wir verschiedene Präferenzen und manche Intoleranzen haben 😸
      Oh vielen Dank das lese ich mal 😊 ich habe bis jetzt nur immer Sachen gefunden wo man schon fertigen Joghurt braucht oder mit so einer Maschine… danke ♥️😊

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  2. Oh ich bin gerade auf deinen Blog gestoßen und ich finde ihn so schön dass ich dir als allererstes mal folgen muss..
    So eine Challenge wollte ich unbedingt schon einmal selbst machen, irgendwie habe ich das ganze aber aus den Augen verloren.. wie schön dass du mich mit dem Post jetzt daran erinnerst 🙂

    Mein eigener Blog geht um all meine Erfahrungen und Erlebnisse als menschliches Wesen auf dieser Erde. Momentan teile ich meine Inspirationen zu Themen wie persönliches Wachstum, ein veganer Lebensstil, kreatives Erschaffen, hauptsächlich aber einfach nur darum, sich selbst und das Leben voll und ganz für das zu lieben was es ist. Wenn du gerne über diese Themen liest würde es mich natürlich ganz doll freuen wenn du mal vorbei schaust
    Alles Liebe, Lea von

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