Let’s face it… most of us have to visit the grocery store sooner or later. We don’t grow every vegetable and fruit. We don’t have fields full of grains. Most of us have to go shopping for groceries.
Here are 6 easy ways to turn that ordinary trip to the market into an eco-friendly shopping trip.
- Consolidate your trips. If at all possible, try not to stop at the market every day or every other day. For our family to be successful in this area, we have to plan our meals and keep our shopping lists updated.
- Bring reusable shopping bags. Skip the plastic and paper bags that the store provides and bring your own reusable bags. A lot of stores now provide reusable bags, but you can also make your own.
- Bypass the plastic produce bags. I know this can be challenging. We are still looking for the best alternative, but think about how much plastic is used every time someone purchases organic apples, carrots, etc.
- Don’t go shopping while hungry. We’ve all heard this warning, but most of the time it refers to spending more money than originally intending to. However, I will go a step further. I find that I will pick up something that I think I want, may eat a little, then it goes to waste.
- Buy bulk. Purchasing items in bulk means less packaging and trips to the grocery store. Usually, you will save some money, too. We buy a 10lb bag of organic brown rice that lasts us a very long time.
- Use an e-version of your shopping list. You know I’m a part-time techie so this suggestion just fits right in. We typically are creatures of habit and purchase the same items, week after week, month after month so why not use a shopping app for your smart phone or a pre-printed shopping list that can be reused.