We’re busy designing the retail store but our shiny new blog will be coming soon! In the meantime, check out our top ten tips for reducing your environmental impact while grocery shopping.
- Choose sustainable transport whenever possible: walk, bike, take public transport, use a rideshare program, or carpool. Your heart and lungs will thank you too!
- Consolidate your shopping trips and shop with a list; you’ll save money, reduce your fuel consumption, and curb impulse buys.
- Always use reusable carry bags. Stash them in your backpack, purse, bike basket or trunk so that you always have them on hand.
- Buy in bulk and buy only what you need. Costco-sized purchases typically end up getting tossed before they can be eaten.
- Bring reusable cloth bags, containers, jars etc. to refill with bulk dry and liquid items. More and more businesses are willing to let you refill your own containers; scout these out and make sure to support those that do.
- Use large glass jars or containers to fill up on toiletries and household cleaning supplies such as shampoo, conditioner, vinegar, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.
- Purchase dairy in glass jars whenever possible. Milk, ice cream, and yogurt containers with a deposit system are becoming more commonplace.
- Hold on to growlers and clean empty wine bottles to refill at local breweries, wineries, and make-your-own bottling events.
- Shop at farmers markets. There’s no better way to support your local food system than buying local and organically grown produce. Bonus points if you bring back the empty egg cartons and berry containers – many stands are happy to reuse these.
- Vote with your dollar! Support companies that are champions of social and environmental responsibility and those that are making the world a better place. Although this list is certainly not exhaustive, certifications such as B-Corp, Fair Trade, 1% for the Planet, etc. are a good place to start.
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