Going zero waste - or even low-waste for that matter - is a journey and BD Provisions is built on that idea. Co-founder John Boccuzzi, Jr. says "Getting to zero waste is like a race - you have to cross the starting line before you can think about the finish line." We wanted to know how they got started and what suggestions they have for someone new to the zero-waste movement.
What first got you started with the sustainability/eco-consciousness movement?
We got started in this movement because we felt that we can give consumers easy ways to cut back on waste in their everyday lives through a bulk shopping experience. The key for us is inclusivity- we wanted a shop where everyone would be welcome, whether they were already shopping 100% zero waste, or just looking for some simple swaps to start their journey towards a more sustainable life.
What is your favorite sustainable swap for the holidays?
Give someone a sustainable gift like a cookie mix in a glass mason jar. Not only will the recipient enjoy the cookies but now they have a jar that they can use for food storage - no wrapping paper to throw out! This is a popular gift for us during the Holiday season.
What is one documentary, article, book, or podcast that you'd recommend to someone looking to live more sustainably?
For someone looking to live more sustainably, I would recommend starting with Bea Johnson's book "Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste." It's a great book that opens your eyes to many things you may have never thought about before in terms of sustainability and is perfect for beginners!
With two locations in Connecticut (Fairfield - pictured above - and Newtown), BD Provisions is looking at opening a third location in early December, making it EVEN EASIER to buy in bulk and plastic-free. Stay tuned for their grand opening by visiting their website at bdprovisions.com