With all that kale in your cart, your grocery run is already pretty green. But have you stopped to think of the ways your shopping trip is impacting the environment? Here are a few simple ways to make your weekly trip to the store more sustainable – and potentially less expensive.
local, in-season products required less fossil fuel to be produced, harvested, and transported to your store.
Pay Attention To Packaging: Avoid buying products that are individually wrapped and then re-wrapped in bulk (such as many toilet paper rolls). Seek out products with less packaging to reduce waste. Buy in bulk!
Smart Bags: Forget ‘paper or plastic?’ – bring your own bags. Of course, it can be hard to actually remember your bags. How many of us have gotten to the store only to realize our reusable bags are still safely tucked away in the closet? Instead, keep them in your trunk – just be sure to return them there immediately after you unload your groceries at home.
Buy Local, In-Season Products: It’s a safe bet that local, in-season products required less fossil fuel to be produced, harvested, and transported to your store. If that package of blueberries reads “Product of Argentina,” that means they flew to your neighborhood on a refrigerated jet. Keep an eye on sales in the produce section – whatever is on sale is usually in-season.
Eat Less Processed Foods: Potato chips, sodas, cookies, and other treats are delicious – but they’re bad for your body and harmful for the environment. Buy food with less packaging and processing instead. Instead of going up and down each aisle, try to stick to the perimeter of the store – that’s where the freshest, least processed food is generally located.