How to Get Zero Waste Cereal (it’s this easy)
A big bowl of cereal and morning tv is a timeless combination. Until you try reducing plastic, then it's a nightmare. Every box of cereal seems to have a plastic bag hiding behind the cardboard walls! So how can you enjoy your morning tv, with a big bowl of zero waste cereal? Finding cereal without plastic isn't as hard as you'd think. Here's how you can do it:
How do you get zero waste cereal? To get zero waste cereal, you have two options. The first is to visit a bulk food store. Bulk Barn for example, has oats, bran cereal, Post Shreddies, puffed quinoa, and more! Another option is to order a Zero Waste 'Cereal Bags' box from Terracycle. Fill the box with plastic cereal bags, and send it back to Terracycle to be recycled.
If you don't live near a bulk food store like Bulk Barn, try looking in the bulk section of your grocery store! If there isn't the cereal you're looking for in the bulk section of your grocery store, Terracycle may be your only option.
Recycling plastic cereal bags with Terracycle is really easy! Simply order the "Zero Waste Box" for cereal bags, and store your cereal bags in the box until it's full. Once full, you can ship the box (shipping is prepaid) back to Terracycle, where they recycle the cereal bags!
How to get muesli with no plastic
Muesli is a power combination of rolled whole grains, dried fruit, seeds, and nuts. In other words, a great breakfast to start your day off with! But how do you get muesli with no plastic?
The best way to get Muesli without plastic, is to make it at home! It's really simple, and only takes about 10 minutes to make. Plus, you can get every ingredient in bulk, so there's no packaging waste!
Here's a super simple, delicious muesli recipe.
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
Place ingredients in a large bow, and mix all ingredients together until well combined. Store muesli in an airtight, reusable container. This plastic free muesli will keep for up to 2 months at room tempereature.
How to get zero waste milk for your cereal
One of the most important parts of (most) cereal... milk! Whether it's a plant-based milk or dairy milk, there's a way to get both plastic free. Here's how you can get zero waste milk for your cereal!
How to get zero waste nut milk
Nut milk seems to always come in tetra packs. Tetra packs are 100% recyclable, however not every recycling depot has the machinery to actually recycle them. So let's look into how you can avoid tetra packs, and get zero waste nut milk!
There's two ways you can get zero waste nut milk. One way is to look for it in glass bottles at the grocery store, and see if your grocery store has a bottle-return program for it.
The other way to get plastic free nut milk, is to make it! Nut milk is actually really easy to make, although please be aware it doesn't have the same nutritional value as store-bought nut milk! The nut milk you see in store's has additional nutrients added to it.
How to get zero waste dairy milk
Dairy milk is actually fairly easy to get plastic-free! If you drink dairy milk, head down to your local grocery store or market. Look for dairy milk in glass bottles, a lot of the time grocery stores and markets even have bottle-return programs for milk in glass bottles! Before I switched to a vegan diet, I bought milk in a glass bottle, returned the bottle to my grocery store, and got $1 off my next bottle of milk!
Now you know you can reduce plastic waste, AND have that big bowl of cereal in the morning. If you learned something from this blog post, please consider sharing it on social media so others can learn something new too!