Ugh, we usually try to only buy dry goods every 6-8 weeks. We Airbnb's the first month in Vancouver (March), so we tried to only buy what we could finish within that period of time (not very successfully lol). And now that we moved into our own place, we are still stocking up our pantry as we get more jars. I do hope we can get into our 6-8 weeks routine again soon!
All of this we bought at Whole Foods. Last time we went, customer service refused to tare my jar, telling me (in the nicest way though) that their Vancouver stores actually do not take jars anymore, since the health inspector wasn't happy about it. It's cloth bags only now. Which is totally arbitrary! As far as I know, Bulk Barn handles it the other way around! Only jars, no cloth bags 🤔
WF's customer service didn't even budge when I asked how on earth was I going to fill up my cloth bag with peanut butter 😂🥜... Since we didn't have a scale then, I wasn't able to know how much our jars weigh. Now we do! And this time we just skipped customer service and went straight to filling our jars 😝. We knew they could take off the weight of at the register, so we just told the cashier how heavy each bag and jar was,l without batting an eyelash. She even said she thought it was a great idea to bring the jars lol!
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  • _wastelandrebel_Ugh, we usually try to only buy dry goods every 6-8 weeks. We Airbnb's the first month in Vancouver (March), so we tried to only buy what we could finish within that period of time (not very successfully lol). And now that we moved into our own place, we are still stocking up our pantry as we get more jars. I do hope we can get into our 6-8 weeks routine again soon!
    All of this we bought at Whole Foods. Last time we went, customer service refused to tare my jar, telling me (in the nicest way though) that their Vancouver stores actually do not take jars anymore, since the health inspector wasn't happy about it. It's cloth bags only now. Which is totally arbitrary! As far as I know, Bulk Barn handles it the other way around! Only jars, no cloth bags 🤔
    WF's customer service didn't even budge when I asked how on earth was I going to fill up my cloth bag with peanut butter 😂🥜... Since we didn't have a scale then, I wasn't able to know how much our jars weigh. Now we do! And this time we just skipped customer service and went straight to filling our jars 😝. We knew they could take off the weight of at the register, so we just told the cashier how heavy each bag and jar was,l without batting an eyelash. She even said she thought it was a great idea to bring the jars lol!

  • _wastelandrebel_@zerowastebos Yup! I mean, I knew they could tare the weight at the register, so what was the worst they could do 😉? If they refuse to sell it to me when everything is already in my own jars and bags, they lose money because obviously they cannot sell it anymore! The worst case would be them telling me that I should use their bags and plastic containers next time 😝. And WF is so huge, who would even remember me next time lol?
  • ___iamstephanieWhere do you get the cloth bags?
  • _wastelandrebel_@human_hugger This is why I usually try to avoid asking for permission in chain stores. They are always scared of being sued. They even have put up a picture of a jar in their bulk section saying that it reduces trash (I have posted a photo of it, you can find it in my feed)! As long as I know they can take off the weight of my own bags or jars at the register I will just use them. If they tell me off, I will tell them that I just assumed it was OK since they put up the picture there/are a sustainable store after all. Seriously, I don't think they even brief their employees on how to handle people who bring their own containers. So if you just do it confidently like it was the most natural thing in the world, their employees will just assume it's ok ;)
  • zero_waste_alberta@_wastelandrebel_ fair enough 😀
  • _wastelandrebel_@paris_to_go @sustainayear It really depends on where you are, I'm afraid. In both Canada and Germany, it is not even a health code violation! There is now law that prohibits bringing your own containers, and the local health codes are pretty vague on it too. A sterilization system is actually unnecessary. But especially chain stores are afraid to get sued, so they will just say it's because of the "strict hygiene and sanitary regulations" or that it's "prohibited by law". When told that this is not true most of them still refuse it, saying it is a risk they are not willing to take or too big a change. I don't know about the US though. Here at WF in Vancouver, you could stick your entire arm and probably even your foot into the bins if you wanted to (but who would seriously do that?). And another funny thing is that the plastic bags and containers are neither sterilized or even cleaned beforehand! What's more, they just sit out there being touched by everyone who grabs one from the stack! Assuming that they are "clean" or "hygienic" is quite weird when you think about it.
  • _wastelandrebel_@paris_to_go @sustainayear *no law
  • ficklefadsoWinning! 👏❤️️
  • amber_in_wunderlandIt was definitely a bummer because it came in plastic and foam and all that. Best of luck!
  • sustainayear@_wastelandrebel_ yeah, 'getting sued' is one of the reasons why grocery stores the US are lagging in reducing food waste, even when there are laws in place encouraging businesses to donate food. You make very valid points, though, so it's strange that they're so adamant about you not using your own containers!
  • kissthatworld@_wastelandrebel_ go girl! I've had a similar experience with Whole Foods ... but I'm learning which employees are down with 🌏 and which ones are all about the rules
  • rachaelcameron86@_wastelandrebel_ The Bulk Barn reusable containers policy is nationwide now! The trial run must have gone well because it's permanent policy across Canada 😍
  • beagreenieWhat do you do about items like trail mix or other snacks that have oils or seasonings that seep into the cotton? I butt lots of nuts and have been finding this to be an issue. :/
  • themindfulislanderI have always used by reusable bags at WF in Victoria without a problem. But I never asked before hand, I just filled them up and the cashiers had no problem taking the tare off. They even sell reusable bags at whole foods so hopefully they stop being ridiculous about the jars. Good luck @_wastelandrebel_ and way to push boundaries!
  • uponmylife.deTolles Foto!! Nachhaltigkeit ist einfach immer ein wichtiges Thema :)
  • essentiallywell.eoInspiring. Thank you
  • glamarcheYou should try out @theaugustmarket I get my bulk goods from there and they are very happy to tare your containers. (It's also walking distance from the soap dispensary)
  • theaugustmarket@glamarche @_wastelandrebel_ 💚
  • areusablelife@_wastelandrebel_ fantastic 😝
  • laurelimeI've never successfully gotten a cashier to subtract the tare of a container at a regular store in Vancouver. Congrats!
  • stephanipb@_wastelandrebel_ where do you buy your bags? Tried unsuccessfully to make some... 😑
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