Even if you recycle and bring your own shopping bags to the supermarket, there are still more ways to be eco-friendly when grocery shopping. With a few tweaks to your habits and routine, you can make impactful, Earth-friendly changes that won’t cost you a fortune and will help you live a little more green. Try these on your next grocery run.
- Use reusable plastic bags - Skipping paper and plastic bags helps cut back on pollution, but bringing your own tote bags for groceries helps the environment too, but there’s a catch. Research has shown cotton tote bags are worse for the planet because of the water and pesticides the crop requires, so your best bet is a reusable plastic bag.
- Don’t wrap your fruit and veggies - Skip those plastic bags for the produce to reduce waste.
- See where your seafood comes from - The Seafood Watch App was created by The Monterey Bay Aquarium to help you find seafood that’s been ethically sourced.
- Buy food in bulk - According to National Geographic, 91% of plastic isn't recycled, so buy in bulk when you can to cut back on food packaging waste.
- Shop seasonally for produce - It costs less, is tastier, and better for the environment because it uses less artificial energy to grow it.
- Shop locally - If you’re buying food from around the world, it can cost you more, plus, shopping locally helps support your local economy. So hit up the farmer’s market or look for locally grown products at your supermarket.
- Check the labels - Take the time to read about the food and the packaging it comes in. Pick items with plastics one (PETE) and two (HDPE), which are the most likely to be recycled in the U.S.