At Western National, we believe that living sustainably doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, changing a few habits can dramatically improve your impact on the planet. One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to adjust the way you shop for food. These four tips for sustainable grocery shopping will help you reduce waste and promote a better, cleaner world.
1. Shop Local
When you buy anything that is grown outside your area, it has to be shipped to your local grocery store. This can be costly to the planet. Instead, opt to shop local. You’ll consume food that has spent less time in transit and is likely fresher and tastier to eat. Farmer’s markets are a great place to start. As an added bonus, you’ll be supporting members of your community.
2. Bring Reusable Bags
It is becoming more and more common to see people packing up their groceries in reusable bags they brought from home. Keep reusable bags in your car, purse, or right by the front door. You can also invest in reusable produce bags to avoid using the plastic ones provided by most grocery stores.
3. Buy in Bulk
Individualized packaging accounts for a large amount of the plastic that ends up in landfills. You can help by instead buying in bulk, especially when it comes to products that don’t go bad quickly, like soap, shampoo, and lotion. You can also do the same for dried fruit, nuts, and other foods that keep longer. Be sure to check how best to store these items for long-term use.
4. Buy Plant-Based
Plant-based eating is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Plants require the least energy to grow, and they are healthy and versatile for cooking. If you’re new to the world of plant-based eating, start with simple recipes that you already know you love. Build your grocery lists around those meals. You can also make simple substitutions to start, like swapping out cow’s milk for a non-dairy alternative.