This picture shows our shop on Sunday, its more or less what our family of four will eat this week. The only waste will be the plastic packaging of the chicken, chorizo, and little meat stick. Everything else will be re-used or composted. Most of the fruit and veggies are from our farmers market, along with the eggs and meat, all brought home in cloth bags (egg cartons will be returned and re-filled next week). The kombucha drinks and fermented green beans are from our favorite stall at the market (Number 1 Sons): we bring glass jars and they fill them with the goods. The milk is in a glass jug from our local Co-op grocery store (to be returned and re-filled), the tofu is also from the co-op's bulk section, same with the nuts, rice, dry lentils, steel cut oats, and peanut butter. The fresh loaf of bread is from the bakery next to the co-op. The beer growler was filled at Whole Foods on my husbands walk home from work, as he does every Friday (for $5-$9). A few things that we'll eat this week are not pictured: pasta, bananas, peas, and feta (which I just forgot to add), and fish - I'm still figuring out where the best place is for buying good fish, ideally fresh & package free. And of course we have butter in the fridge, and sugar & flour in the pantry which I'll use to make cookies.
This is what it looks like to do a low waste shop. It's starting to feel really exciting that our trash bin sits mostly empty all week :) If you'd like to simplify your kitchen, I'd love to hear from you.