Hey Guys,

As you can see I am a little pumped that I successfully pulled this off. It was so much easier than I thought it would be and it was WAY cheaper than I assumed. I do have to go to both Kroger (Ralph’s for those of you who live on the best coast, west coast.) and Whole Foods because Whole Foods’ produce prices make my life hurt. I would shop fully at Kroger, but they don’t have a bulk section or a deli area that will sell me unpackaged meats and/or cheeses. They’re across the street from each other so I really don’t mind making two trips. Especially because I got great quality food for cheaper than I am used to. Let’s start off with what I bought.



Whole Foods
Popcorn kernels (from the bulk section in my own container)
Olives and pickles (from the olive buffet in my own container)
10 slices of swiss cheese (in paper wrapping)
10 slices of fancy chicken* (in paper wrapping)

Totaling about $10
I would be about $5 cheaper if I got normal chicken meat. I know Whole Foods’ meats are all hormone and antibiotic free, but I wanted to see if I could taste the difference between the fancy and normal.

2 cans of green beans
2 cans of yellow corn
1 can of black beans
3 avocados
1 baby watermelon
1 head of romaine
1 bundle of cilantro
1 dozen eggs
1 jalapeño
3 tomatoes on the vine
1 pack of jasmine incense

Totaling about $20
[*Fancy chicken is chicken from the deli, thinly sliced, all natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, free range blah blah… you get the picture]

I also bought some coconut oil, tea tree oil, and pure aloe vera at Whole Body so I could make my own face lotion. That’s going to be interesting….. :/

It was so much easier to shop with zero waste than I thought. I wasn’t worried about asking people to use my containers or anything like that. I was more worried that I would bring two containers and end up needing 5 because I didn’t realize which items came in plastic. That didn’t happen this trip because I really tried to plan accordingly. It definitely helped that my boyfriend and I went to Whole Foods and Kroger without containers and took note of what would need containers, and what wouldn’t. This is obviously going to get easier the longer I am zero waste, but I was so excited that on my first try everything went smoothly.

My next challenge is going to be making/buying produce bags, but I really didn’t mind just stacking it all in one of my totes. Speaking of totes, while we were at Whole Foods I bought a couple more. They are only a dollar and now that I am zero waste I am finding I need as many as I can get. I don’t just use them at the market, I use them at CVS and when I went thrift shopping as well. 🙂


I decided to for a long walk (over 2 miles) to get some errands done this weekend. I started off the day with a smoothie from Smoothie King, in my own jar. It was over 100 degrees (including the humidity) so I felt like a smoothie would be refreshing. Yes, I am still using their straw. I plan on buying a stainless steel straw, but for now it’s the plastic one they provide. I am definitely not coordinated enough to walk, hold my phone attached to my ear buds AND drink from the mouth of the jar. I would be wearing my smoothie before I even left the store.


I didn’t know how long I’d be able to be in the heat, waddling around, so I brought some “fast food” with me incase I got hungry. Like I keep saying on here and on my instagram (@essay_holmes), one of the hardest things for me right now is on-the-go food. I used to live on Think Thin bars, but now I feel panicked that I don’t have food on me incase I get hungry. This lunchbox has been the answer.


I went with some white rice, avocado and corn topped with cumin and tapatio. I ended up staying full from my smoothie, enough so that I didn’t even finish my smoothie. Both my mason jar and my lunchbox were in my backpack, in this hot weather and not only did they both not leak, but both were still cold when I unpacked at home. So awesome.

Really happy with my adventures in zero waste this week and I hope it continues to be this easy and fun. Wish me luck on making lotion. o.0 haha

Talk soon,

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