Tips to Make Your Next Holiday Food Shopping Trip Sustainably Savvy with Green Living.Grab and go plastic water bottles, individual yogurts, pre-made salad dressings, all of these things have at least one thing in common, plastic packaging! The United States generates 42 million metric tons of plastic waste each year and most ends up in oceans or landfills where it takes up to 500 years to break down. Grocery shopping is something we do consistently, but making a few small changes can go a long way
Stephanie Moram, Green Living Mentor, CEO, and Founder of Good Girl Gone Green is passionate about reducing plastic waste and her carbon footprint. She has made it her mission to share her knowledge to help others find achievable ways to live a greener life as well! Her latest podcast episode discusses the subject of green grocery shopping. In an interview, she can share her tips with your audience including: Plan ahead: Consolidate your trips. Try to develop a list before going shopping and stick to it. This will help avoid buying something pre-packaged you don’t really need.
Bring your own bag!: It is one of the easiest ways to reduce your waste and be greener. Leave some bags in your car, purse and at the front door to make sure you always have them. Buy new or thrift some reusable bags and kick the habit!
Buy local and seasonal: Check out your local farmers’ market. For the most part, farm-fresh means exactly that: it is fresh, local, and usually less expensive than at a typical grocery store. Many farmer’s markets not only have produce but local bread, meats, cheese, milk and honey as well.
Buy in Bulk: Look for minimal packaging and recyclable and compostable packaging. That is the best way to buy when considering the environment. When you buy in bulk, you are avoiding purchasing items that are pre-packed in excess plastic or paper.