Shopping for stuff online isn’t the most environmentally friendly. Most items already come with their own packaging, sometimes in a layer of bubble wrap for extra protection. Everything then gets stuffed into a cardboard box – occasionally filled with plastic air pillows to prevent things from moving about during the shipping process. That’s a whole lot of excess plastic that eventually ends up in your rubbish bin.
With the stay-home measures in place, heading down to a zero-waste grocery store might not be the most convenient option. Thankfully, there’s The Bare Essential, a packaging-free online grocer thats delivers your daily needs right to your door – sans the single-use plastic.
Here’s how it works: first, you choose to either drop off your own re-usable containers, or purchase a Bare A Little Starter Kit (from $26.80) that comes with BPA-free containers and cotton bags. These will then be used to contain your shopping. The Bare Essentials stocks everything from baking ingredients (skip the queues at Phoon Huat!) to household products. Looking to tinker with new recipes this weekend? You’ll also be able to purchase exactly what you need without worrying about leftovers.
Make your purchase, then wait for the items to be delivered. The online grocer holds on to any unused containers for subsequent purchases, and food items come packed in paper bags if you haven’t dropped off your containers or purchased a starter kit. Once you’re done, wash out your containers and arrange for them to be picked up for subsequent purchase.
To start shopping, simply pop by bareessentials.com.sg. Delivery fee starts from $8, and during this period, orders above $18 qualify for free deliveries.