78 million tons of plastic are disposed of each year, and half of this waste is made up of single-use packaging. And while it’s easy to swap coffee cups for reusable mugs and plastic bags for trendy NPR totes, it’s difficult to avoid individually wrapped products in local grocery stores. In LA’s Highland Park, Tare market has decided to confront this problem head on by going entirely “package-free.”  Unsurprisingly, this comes with added financial expense — but making an effort to choose a few package-free items from businesses like Tare can go a long way in changing the way we define packaging and the grocery shopping experience.