I set myself a goal, that by the end of 2016 I would have removed all single use plastic from our home. I’ve introduced the beeswax food covers, been kindly gifted some seriously awesome 4MyEarth* products, we make our own bread and don’t eat very much package food as it is. But there is one thing that I’m really struggling with, one thing that’s causing my zero waste dilemma. The financial cost vs the cost for the earth.
My grocery shopping now consists of stops to three different stores, Wholefoods in Geelong, Aldi in Drysdale and then the Woolworths in Portarlington, as well as this we visit the local farmers market each Friday morning.
So, last Thursday (I aim to only do groceries once a fortnight, saves money I think), Elliot and I were in Geelong at Salt Therapy and so began our fortnightly grocery adventure. We stopped in at Wholefoods and I picked up some shampoo and conditioner, I had my own bottles so I just filled them up, I got some pop corn kernels and as a treat we grabbed a couple of pawpaw spears (using the beautiful 4MyEarth bamboo produce bags). And just out of curiosity I snapped some photos of the prices of the package free nuts.
Next stop on the way home was Aldi. Elliot loves sitting in the trolley, he’ll talk to everyone who walks past and I can usually be in an out in under 30 minutes. I grabbed the few canned goods, some cheese and headed to the nut section. Raw almonds, raw walnuts, raw macadamias and salted and roasted cashews was what I grabbed, each one in it’s very own plastic bag.
Now, here is my dilemma. The price vs the plastic. We set ourselves a very tight budget, we do this because we need to (there’s a blog post coming about this). So when I see raw conventional almonds at the health food shop for $32 a kg and the same nuts at Aldi for $19.99 a kg, then I start to struggle. The same went for all the other nuts, Wholefoods walnuts $30 kg vs Aldi $19.98, Wholefoods raw macadamias $52 kg vs Aldi $32.48. We don’t have the money to spend an additional $10 per kg in some cases a fortnight.
I’d love to know your opinion on this one, because it really is troubling me. There’s not a lot left for me to cut out on our zero waste journey but nuts and seeds is a killer!