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February 08, 2010

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Becky

Maybe you could talk to your co-op about having sort of a free-cycle container system? My co-op welcomes you to bring your own containers but they also have an assortment of jars, etc, on various shelves that you can take. It's an on your honor sort of a thing that they were washed well before you leave them but since a fair number of items going in are cooked anyway (beans, rice, etc), I don't stress about it too much. And, leaving some jars keeps my cupboards from overflowing.

Joan

You can use coupons at your co-op? That's neat, I wonder if we can do that too at my co-op? I just joined one, so there's still a lot I don't know.

Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

You should see the stuff I take haha. We only shop once a month and it's about an hour away. I have TONS of bags, reusable produce bags, reusable butcher bags (for meat), reusable bulk bags, coupons, reusable freezer bags and glass recycling (our town doesn't recycle glass).

Floss

We have a large organic store a bit like this near where I work. I've been put off it because the open or semi-sealed bins of dry goods are not free from the nasty little moth catterpillars that thrive in southern French kitchens in the warmer months. Is this a problem where you are? Am I being too fussy? I'm afraid that I buy my food packaged so that I know the moth eggs haven't got in.

Micaela

Ewwwww....moth eggs...that does not sound like something I'd want in my food. I don't think that's a problem here because almost all of the bins are the bottom dispensing types...you know where they fill it at the top and you get the stuff by opening hatch at the bottom. They've got some pretty strict hygiene rules now...but I remember the days at the co-ops when things were not always very clean.

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