Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Zero Waste Grocery and Bulk Food Stores in Portland, OR

Zero Waste Grocery Stores in Portland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
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The pandemic has taken a had a significant impact on access to unpackaged food, but there are different ways to shop in a way that's not detrimental to the planet.

Here are some alternatives to conventional grocery stores in Portland, OR.

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1. Good Life Market Delivery

What if I told you that you could safely get your groceries in bulk (in reusable containers) straight to your door? Well, such a service now exists here in Portland!

Good Life Market is Portland's first and only zero-waste grocery delivery service. Their online marketplace currently features bulk dried goods, snacks, a breakfast section, cleaners, food storage, and more!

Place your first order at Good Life Market Delivery today!

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2. Farmers' markets

Besides growing my own food, buying produce straight from the farmer is my favorite way to shop. Supporting small farms, cutting down the middle-man is good for the people and good for the earth.
Find out where your closest farmers' market is, when it start, and which day it's held at Portland Farmers' markets.

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3. U Pick Farms on Sauvie Island

OK I might have lied, maybe picking your own food is second best after growing it.

There are quite a few farms in Oregon where you can harvest fruit, Sauvie Island might be the hotspot.

Check out this list of U Pick Farms and plan a fun family outing!

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4. Co-ops: People's (SE), Alberta (NE), Food Front (NW)

Fact: I Own a Grocery Store with Some Friends. You don't believe me but it's true, because I'm a member of a co-op!

Co-ops are yet another way to buy responsibly and make sure that suppliers and employees are paid fair wages. Also, the aforementioned co-ops have bulk aisles (check with them to know what the guidelines are during the pandemic - some let you fill your own containers, other will do it for you - let's all remember that the goal is for everyone to stay safe).

I wrote a whole article about shopping in the bulk aisle. I LOVE MY CO-OP!

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5. Bob's Red Mill

World-famous Bob's Red Mill based here in Oregon and we're lucky to have access to its Whole Grain Store. They have a whole guide to How to Shop the Bulk Bins. Check it out!

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6. Sheridan Fruit Company

Sheridan Fruit Company offers a huge bulk selection, from flour to olives. Pandemic update: "You may have noticed our bulk bins are empty, however the product is available. Just ask a staff member for assistance."

Many other more conventional stores also have bulk aisles, check them out below and don't forget that you can upload the Zero Waste PDX map on your phone or computer to see what's the closest bulk store.

7. New Seasons

8. Whole Foods

9. Winco

10. Fred Meyer

Coming soon:

The Portland Bulk Inventory App by Shannon Tivona for Conscious by Chloé

11. The Portland Bulk Inventory app

Our amazing friend Shannon Tivona created this comprehensive Portland Bulk Inventory app, so if you're looking for an item in particular, check it out.

Zero Waste City Guide to Portland PDX Oregon

As always, the Zero Waste Portland Guide lists every single resource you might need to lead sustainable life in Portland!

And don't miss my list of Portland Zero Waste Essentials and Refill Stores too!

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The Conscious List

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm planning on going for a cold plunge under the full moon.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

The Yellow Dress

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé

I found these pictures in my archives and realized I never published them. They date back to April 2019. It feels like a couple of lifetimes ago.

Since then I moved houses 6 times and across the ocean twice. I decluttered, downsized, packed everything I owned, but, for some reason, I still have and wear everything on this picture.

It shouldn't be that surprising, though. Over the past couple years, I've learned to make mindful decisions about what I allow into my life.

The shoes - which you may remember from this amazing photoshoot - were gifted to me by a brand whose values I share (and who's currently hosting its semi-annual sale, the earrings were also gifted to me by my dear friend Regina and fellow Portlander (at the time) of Passage Jewelry and I found the bag at a store which was closing down.

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Dress - Thrifted | Mules (8) c/o Nisolo | Bag - Thrifted

But let's talk about the yellow dress.

I found it at one of my favorite thrift stores while Octave was taking a barista class I had signed him up for as a birthday present.

It was there on a rack, stuck between uninteresting (to me) other items of clothing and my eyes were just suddenly drawn to it.

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I don't think I remember trying it on but I do remember someone commenting about how lucky I was to have noticed the dress before they did.

It was a sign, it was meant to be.

There was no brand or size tag on it. I know nothing about the story of that dress. But I know it's got the perfect fit, the perfect color and... POCKETS!

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé
Earrings c/o Passage Jewelry

All that to say that when you know your values, shopping is easy. And if you make the right decisions, you'll benefit from them in the long run, especially of you've embarked on a buy-nothing adventure.

I cannot wait for the snow to melt so I can take my spring clothes out of storage and twirl around in my perfect yellow dress.

What's a piece of clothing you're still excited to wear after many years?

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The Conscious List

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'll be writing. I've been feeling weird for the past couple days and now have couple writing assignments that piled up and that I cannot postpone anymore.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

  • I'm thinking about people in Portland and Texas and many other places who have without reliable power for days.

  • This week I'm reading this book of poems by Chickasaw author Linda Hogan.

  • I came across this sustainability consulting for small businesses, so cool!

  • Who wants to learn about visible mending (online)?

  • My amazing sister-in-law offers movement meditations to support you through each unique phase of your cycle.

  • I am 100% for the sharing economy, check out Lend Me It.

  • As I'm ordering seeds for my garden, I've been thinking a lot about this documentary I watched when it first came out and is still so relevant.

  • In March I'm gonna learn about how housing discrimination and racial segregation have played a role in racial disparities showing up in the COVID-19 pandemic during this event.

  • I'm always keeping an eye out for stoneware crocks to keep working on my 2021 goals (pickling and fermenting).

  • How to find inspiration.

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What are your plans for the weekend?

An Unintentional Buy Nothing Challenge

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This jacket is the last thing I bought for myself. I received it on December 31st 2020. I had waited for as long as I could to get a proper winter jacket - I hadn't had the chance to bring back from France the one I already own - but it was starting to get really cold and I hadn't found what I wanted at the local thrift store (or on my favorite online thrift stores).

Little did I know that 2.5 months later, I would still have not spent any money on myself, besides groceries. No clothes, no beauty products, no home decor, no DIY supplies.

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I haven't really planned this no spending period. It kinda just happened. As I wrote down in my 21 for 2021 list, I had plans to pay off my credit cards and track my budget a little better. And since I like to simplify things, the best way to track your spending is... to not spend any money.

I also wanted to break the vicious cycle of spending money out of boredom, or envy. To reach this goal, I distanced myself from the sources of my spending frenzy.

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First, I used the strategy of inconvenience by deleting the apps on my phone that make shopping and browsing easy (Poshmark, Craigslist, Etsy, Pinterest, etc.).

Then I muted ALL of the accounts I follow on Instagram...

Now you're gonna think I'm crazy, but I adopted the same strategy on Facebook by unfollowing my friends (not unfriending, just unfollowing). That way, I can still check in on what they're up to - by actively looking for that information rather than being flooded with unwelcome content as soon as I open the app.

Side note: I did quit Facebook and delete Instagram a bunch of times, but would eventually always come back. This in-between method works for me, you do you.

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So how are things going you might ask?

Well, I sometimes get the urge to see what my favorite brands have launched, and I sometimes go have a look at their websites. Sometimes I feel that tingle in my belly, the urge to adopt the latest trends, fearing that I might miss out on something. But ultimately, I feel a great sense of relief by simply closing the tab and getting back to whatever I was doing before this virtual-windowshopping session.

I go out on walks as usual but do not enter any shop, even thrift stores, event re-stores, because I know I do not need anything and I also know I might see something I really really like so why would I put myself through the process of either abandoning it or breaking my self-imposed challenge?

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Outfit Details:
Quilted Jacket (S) - Everlane
Leggings (S) - Girlfriend Collective
Socks - Smartwool
Boots (AUS 5.5) - Blundstone

Obviously, I have the privilege of embarking on such an adventure. I have everything I need (and more) at home to keep me clothed, comfortable and entertained. I live in a place where I can (safely) go on long walks in nature whenever I feel too cooped up or stuck to my screen.

I don't know how long this "challenge" will last. I haven't come across a major buying decision yet and I have yet to use up all of my crafting supplies.

For now, I simply enjoy the absence of an urge to buy, I get creative with what I own. I have moved the furniture in the house about 100 times already, I'm in the process of converting old bed sheets into a braided rug and I'm finding more ways to use up my DIY supplies (soap, bath bombs and solid shampoo are next on my list).

Would you try a shopping ban / buy nothing challenge?

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