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Buying in bulk doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy a lot of groceries at a time. “Bulk” means bulk bin. Usually, stores buy a lot of food at a lower price. The products are from local farms and contain natural ingredients.

In Zero Waste Map, we are showing stores where you can bring your own containers/jars to refill. You can get any amount of food you need without using any packging.

Jars of spices on the shelf
Jars of spices on the shelf
Jars of spices

How does it work?

Tare

Weigh your empty container at the store and write down its weight (the tare).

Fill

Fill your container with food.

Pay

Go to checkout where stores weigh the full container and deduct the tare. You only pay for the product.

Buying in bulk is a fun experience. It makes your house look very nice without breaking the bank.


Park to shop is a Chicago supermarket chain. Their Chinese name is 香港超市 meaning Hong Kong market. They are well known for their fresh produce, live seafood and a rich variety of Asian grocery. Park to shop is selling Zero Waste Bags at their Chinatown location. A step forward to make Chicago a green city.

Zero Waste Bag - Return bag with receipt for full store credit
Zero Waste Bag - Return bag with receipt for full store credit
Zero Waste Bag — Return bag with receipt for full store credit


Plastic is really bad for the environment. It takes up to 1000 years to degrade[1]. It affects marine life and litters our streets. We are in Chicago. Everywhere we look, there’s a piece of plastic stuck somewhere. We started an experiment to go plastic free grocery shopping for 1 month. These are our findings.

1. Our cost of food has gone down 70%.

We are surprised. We thought we would have to pay more for our grocery. Here is a comparison of food prices with and without plastic packaging. The prices are from 5 popular grocery stores in Chicago.

Average food prices in Chicago (September 2020)

Interesting, right?

Another reason behind this result is that plastic…

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