With an estimated 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into Earth’s oceans every year, it is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a planetary crisis. As awareness of this issue grows, more and more people are choosing to try and use less plastic, or in some cases, going plastic-free! The challenges are obvious- everywhere you shop, it seems like there is more, rather than less plastic on the shelves. In fact, in the past decade, according to Arcadia Power, more plastic was produced than in the entire century before! Of this material, only 5% is being recovered.

Though it may seem like an insignificant gesture to some, the movement to avoid plastic has become a critically important demonstration of another way to live. Though it may take a little more forethought and conscious choices, using less plastic can be done! At Tidal Creek, we have everything from lavender to laundry detergent, peanut butter and olive oil, spices and sunscreen available in bulk. Literally 100’s of items. With over 100 billion plastic water bottles produced each year, buying water in bulk is a simple, cheap, and healthy way to help, if even just a little.

If you are interested in giving Bulk shopping a try, don’t hesitate to ask a co-op employee to help you get started! Let’s show our neighbors that there is a better way!