If you haven't read part 1, go check it out here!
I talked about eco-friendly goods you can find at Whole Foods and Down to Earth before, and now I will be introducing Foodland Farms and Kokua Market :)
There are many Foodland locations across Oahu, but I love going to the one in Ala Moana Center.
It has more of an upscale atmosphere similar to Whole Foods, and I feel like they have more sustainable goods available compared to other locations.
1. Beeswax Wraps
I started to see a lot of reusable beeswax wraps at supermarkets recently.
Foodland is one of them, and they carry several brands and designs.
It's a great alternative to plastic wraps, as you can wash with soap to use it over & over.
These wraps cost around $20 for a set of 3, and it may seem a little expensive at fiest.
But if you think about how much plastic wraps you throw away every year, the reusable wraps are worth the investment.
I got one set as a birthday gift, and it was so useful, I got another for my family!
You can use it for many things - leftover veggies/fruits, sandwiches, containers, plates, etc...
It's self-adhesive thanks to the wax!
It folds nicely, so it saves some space in the kitchen cabinet too.
The designs are really cute too, definitely more aesthetic than a plain saran wrap.
The only downside is that it's not heat-resistant.
Make sure to wash it with cold water and do not wrap hot foods.
I don't personally own this, but it's been on my radar for the longest time.
It's a "ziplock" bag that is plastic-free, reusable, and airtight.
It helps so much in reducing plastic waste from disposable bags.
I've seen my coworkers use it for fruits such as apples/oranges and light lunch like sandwiches.
You can freeze, refrigerate, and heat up the bag!
It's not an eco-friendly item, but thought I'd share since this is related to sustainability.
Kokua Market is a natural food market near UH, and they sell all sorts of things from local produce to daily essentials.
I've been going there more often now for their bulk items, as other supermarkets in Hawaii suspended their bulk selling section or entirely replaced it with pre-packaged goods.
There are various dry goods including rice, beans, oatmeal, and flour:
They also have a variety of snacks, dried fruits, and nuts.
Most of them are organic too!
There is a big shelf dedicated to coffee and tea leaves by the cashier:
You can find common teas as Jasmin and Earl Grey to not-so-common teas such as Gunpowder and Lapsang Souchong.
Another shelf has all kinds of spices:
It's organized in an alphabetical order, so you can find what you need easily🤗
I've been making chai tea at home, and I was able to get all the ingredients here!
Kokua Market also has personal care/household items in bulk:
We've bought the powder laundry detergent pictured on the bottom, and we liked it!
Liquid soup from Dr. Bronner's is priced at $6.99/lb.
Their 16-oz bottle is usually around $11 at other supermarkets/online, so it's actually cheaper to buy here :)
Here are how you can buy bulk items and things to keep in mind:
1. Bring clean airtight containers (or any containers with lid)
2. Weight them at the cashier. They'll write it down on stickers and put them on each container
3. Pour items into the containers
4. Write down the PLU number on a new sticker, they have stickers throughout the store
5. Bring it to the cashier and they'll calculate the weight
・Don't forget to sanitize your hands as soon as you walk in!
・Spoons and measuring cups are shared - try not to touch them too much
・I always check my receipt as some employees don't use calculator to subtract the weight (I never had any issues though!)
Bringing your own containers is a great way to reduce waste from packaging, so give it a try!
They also have plastic bags available for those who forgot to bring a container/simply want to check it out :)
Thanks so much for reading, feel free to drop a comment/question!
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