Score! Found these yummy smelling package-free soaps at Whole Foods last week! I was on the hunt to find items I could buy from bulk bins or without packaging in an attempt to throw away less. Unfortunately these were the only package-free items I found besides fruits and vegetables, and products in bulk bins.
While these soaps may be more expensive ( 3 for $6) than an eight count of Ivory soap ($3.39 at Target), there is absolutely no packaging to throw away. With other commercial soap each one is wrapped individually, plus the plastic around the entire package, all of which is not eco-friendly. Be on the lookout for soaps that come in cardboard boxes which can be recycled, or look for package-free soaps like these good soaps. Not only do these soaps produce no waste whatsoever, they are Certified Fair Trade and come in these delightful scents: Ginger Flower, Wild Strawberry, Honey Vanilla, Coconut, Prairie Rose, Lavender, and Sunshine.
Many of the items I cook or bake with, such as rolled oats, nuts, seeds, popcorn kernels, flour, dried fruit, coconut, quinoa, and beans all can be found in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. Once again some of the prices are slightly higher than if I were to buy them in packaging, but I can feel good about not throwing anything away. The next step is to remember to bring my glass jars or reusable produce bags with me to fill up rather than taking a plastic bag found at the bulk bins section. I did speak with an employee at Whole Foods in Princeton and she mentioned that in the renovation plans in the near future Whole Foods will be adding spices and oils in bulk bins. Woo hoo!