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Road Block - Being Frugal & Less Packaging

Road Block - Being Frugal & Less Packaging

I've had a few tricky shops lately and have come across a coffee and cheese conundrum. When doing a weekly shop at Superstore both items come packaged and both item's packaging is not recyclable in Calgary. Sigh. The two best things to enjoy create so much waste! With a bit of research I found a few options that might work for both around the city but they are a bit pricey:

Cheese:
I called Janice Beatons cheese shop and they said I am more than welcome to bring in my own container to purchase cheese. I was so excited! However, when I inquired about a mild marble cheese it's about $5.25/100grams. Oooooo nelly! That is a bit pricey when you have Sasquatch Cubs like mine who eat thousands of grams of cheese a week! That being said I want to try it. Maybe this price point will create more intentional eating - enjoying, and savouring each bite. If I commit to $20-$30 worth of cheese a month maybe it will last, maybe it won't, but I'm willing to try and see if this is a sustainable change for my family.

Coffee: 
This is an item that we go through very quickly in our house due to having two kids under three. It's our lifeline and we need to find a solution! Here are the following things I have checked out here in Calgary. 

Grocery store coffee isle: I have been unable to find recyclable packing in the stores for brands such as ethical bean, or kicking horse. 

Safeway bulk coffee: After all the years of being too good for this coffee it sure showed me...Safeway has pulled this option out of their stores. 

Fratello Rostery: I emailed them and unfortunately they do not provide an option to purchase bulk beans. 

Second cup: my local second cup coffee shop seemed keen to help but their beans come in 2 pound bags from their supplier that are split into 1 pound beans and repackaged. Too much packaging. 

Cafe Rosso: Cafe Rosso has a glass jar program that will fill it with beans for $18 and anytime you bring it back you get a $2 discount. Amazing! This is exactly what I have been looking for ...Sadly it is $18 for 300 grams of coffee. That is way too pricey for me no matter how much I savour that coffee! 

Phil & Sebastian: After explaining my quest to the lovely receptionist at P&S head office she said that she couldn't see it being a problem it just comes down to safe food handling so she said she would look into and let me know. I plan to follow up with her next week to see if this could be a potential option. 

Superstore is my weekly jam so I wrote to the president, Mr. Weston Jr, and inquire about putting coffee in bulk. That would be one less store that I need to get to each week! I'll keep you posted if I hear back and if I find a solution to this coffee cheese conundrum. 

After all this research it comes down to an apology...

Dear Safeway bulk coffee, I'm sorry I judged you for all these years, never truly understanding what a convenient, cheap and most importantly sustainable option that you were. Please come back. I'll never take you for granted again. 

Sincerely,
Mama Sas

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