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Green Your Groceries

Posted On February 1, 2013 by

So you already bring your reusable grocery bags every time you go shopping. Did you know that there are more opportunities to cut back on plastic consumption at the grocery store – without giving up any of your favorite products?

Fresh fruit, vegetables, and bulk items, like nuts and grains, are often stocked alongside single-use plastic bag dispensers. While most shoppers instinctively tear away bag after bag as they move down the aisles, many grocery stores give you the option to use your own bags and jars. When you do, you reduce the number of plastic bags entering the waste stream – and you’re making a difference for the ocean.

How It Works: Tare weight

Your re-usable jars and bags are heavier than single-use plastic bags, and it’s easy to account for this weight. Before you shop, talk to the customer service staff at your grocery store about finding the “tare weight” of your jars and bags – that’s simply how much they weigh when they’re empty.

Mark the tare weight of your jars and bags on a tag or sticker, and then go shop! When you weigh your purchases for pricing, subtract the tare weight from the total. The difference is the weight of your goods, and you’re ready for check-out.

Bulk Bins: Nuts, Grains, Dried Fruit, Beans, and more

Bring your own jars or bags to the bulk bins. You can reduce your use of plastic bags and bottles by scooping everything from oatmeal to peanut butter straight into your jars. Bonus: they look nice in your kitchen cupboard, too!

Produce: Fruit and Vegetables

Use mesh produce bags to carry your fruit and vegetables. They’re re-usable and compact, and they’ll help you cut back on the number of plastic bags you bring home from the grocery.

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Start your own Rippl™ Effect

Posted On September 17, 2012 by


“What else can I do?”

We’ve heard this question thousands of times from volunteers following the annual success of the International Coastal Cleanup. People get out to their local beach, river, or even in their neighborhood and see the magnitude of the trash problem and want to know what else they can do. We always encourage volunteers to participate in other organized cleanups throughout the year and to think about how they can reduce their impact on the ocean and waterways by consuming fewer one-time use products.

Until now, these recommendations are all we’ve been able to offer…NOT anymore.

After 12 months of a user-focused design process and intensive group testing with volunteers, coordinators, ocean enthusiasts, families, and young professionals, Ocean Conservancy is very excited to announce our first mobile app, Rippl.  We’re energized as much about what Rippl is and will continue to become as we are about the journey we took to get here.

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