Cut out excess food packaging waste at the grocery store
For the pantry staples and household things you can't get at a farmers' markets, check out these local businesses.
Ben Schrik sources produce, bread, and eggs from local farms and delivers it to your door. With thousands of small farms in San Diego County, he wanted to offer customers an easy place to get trustworthy food. He found no-till and organically farmed produce from Sage Hill Ranch Gardens, gold-standard eggs from Eben-Haezer's Happy Hens, and Prager Brothers bread, and then packaged it all in compostable or recyclable bags.
North Park’s much-awaited zero-waste shop opened in April of 2022. Offering nontoxic (and mostly organic) goods from producers near and far, the Mighty Bin is hoping to fill a void in the zero-waste market options for mid-city folks. Pick up spices, coffee, tea, or a vast assortment of dry goods. They also offer chips, oils, baking goods, sauces, cleaning supplies, pet treats, and additional items at what’s shaping up to be San Diego’s most comprehensive zero-waste store.
Since 1971, San Diego’s co-op grocery has offered some of the area’s best organic bulk goods. Their healthy selection of beans, nuts, granola, flour, spices, and more sets San Diego’s zero-waste standards. They offer bags if you forget your own.
Kensington’s zero-waste home and beauty refill station is hidden away in a strip mall. While they don’t offer food, they provide options for cleaning and beauty products including bulk laundry detergent, deodorant, sunscreen, and dental care items. Bring your own containers or use some from a stash donated by the community.
With four locations in Escondido, 4S Ranch, Carmel Valley, and Carlsbad, Jimbo’s is a favorite for 100% organic produce and reasonably priced bulk options. Fill up on sugar, beans, nuts, granola, and beyond. Bags are provided.
Published in the print edition of Edible San Diego's summer 2022 issue.
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