1. Make a ListBefore you go shopping, make a list of what you need. Write it down; do not try to keep it in your head. Cross items off your list as you put them in your cart bag. A list will keep you focused on buying only what you need and will prevent you from making unnecessary purchases. Buying what you need, not whatever catches your eye, is an easy eco-friendly grocery shopping technique because it reduces waste overall!
2. Buy LocalWhenever possible, do your shopping at farmers markets, farm stands, and green supermarkets that specialize in locally produced food and goods. If you shop at a major chain, look for signage that indicates a product was produced locally. When you buy local, not only do you support the economy in your area, but you also discourage burning unneeded fossil fuels to transport goods around the world.
3. Shop the Bulk SectionThe bulk section allows you to buy only what you need and reduces the need for packaging. Green grocery stores and even many mainstream stores are starting to offer bulk sections. Producers save resources by packaging items in bulk, which reduces waste and pollution. Moreover, this handy green shopping tip will also allow you to stock your pantry with rare ingredients that you may not be able to find elsewhere, like red quinoa or amaranth grain.
4. Buy Whole-Grain and Unbleached ProductsThis green shopping tip applies to food, paper products, and clothing. Bleaching and processing anything into a white product requires unnecessary resources and chemicals. Who cares if your toilet paper or flour is not perfectly white? Not only are you preventing those chemicals from entering the environment, but also you are preventing them from entering your body!
5. Choose products with Recyclable PackagingIf you have the choice between buying a product packaged in a cardboard box and a product packaged in plastic, choose the cardboard because it can be recycled. In addition, cardboard decomposes at a much faster rate than plastic. Also, look for green groceries packaged in the environmentally friendly corn-based plastics, because they will break down in a landfill with minimum impact on the environment.
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