The grocery store is one place we all frequent. We need to eat. So this is a great place to start to think about how we can make better choices for our health and environment. I have a few things I have been doing to make my grocery trips healthier and more eco friendly.
Reusable bags – I was one who gave California a hard time for making this a law to use them, but really? Plastic bags are so wasteful, and used in such abundance that it really can be a difference maker if we all cut them out. Plus reusable bags are stronger bags and easier to carry anyway. Anyone ever had a glass jar of pasta sauce or pickles break out of a plastic bag? Also – those little plastic produce bags? Even more wasteful! Get a set of washable, reusable bags! And don’t ever put bananas in a bag. Ever.
Bulk items instead of convenient single serve – Buy from the bulk section to save on packaging and also to save you money! I love to store things in mason jars in my pantry. They look pretty and much more organized! And for things you aren’t buying in bulk? At least quit buying the single serve packets of things! Peanut butter cups, hummus, guac, etc. Get the regular size container and fill your own reusable ones to take with you to work or wherever.
Shop produce first – this is where the bulk of your food should come from so go there first! I for one am much more motivated at the beginning of a shopping trip than at the end(and so are my kids), so I go get my fruits ad veggies while everyone is happy to spend time picking, and rush through the rest if I have to.
Always get junk food/treats last! This goes along with the above suggestion. You are less likely to pick up as many treats if your cart is already full of other things.
None of this is major or life changing – just small easy steps anyone can make!
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