Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping

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Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping can seem like a chore, but it’s also a way for you to make eco-friendly choices. It may seem like you aren't being “eco-friendly” while you are shopping, but starting out small can make a big difference in your journey to and eco lifestyle. Here are a few steps that you can take to make your contribution to helping out the economy.
  1. Buy in bulk. How will buying in bulk help? A smart way to buy in bulk is to look for foods that have a small amount of packaging to the product. An example is buying a product such as pasta and soaps. These products have the ability to be repackaged at home and can be put into reusable containers. In doing so you can recycle the previous packaging while utilizing the containers you have at home
  2. Go reusable. Yeah you can use the plastic and paper bags that grocery stores have to offer, but why do that when you can use and buy your own reusable mesh bag. Every year Americans bring home over 100 billion plastic bags home. And every year most of those bags end up in landfills and in the ocean. The plastic bags are harmful for the animals at sea. Make a small difference by not contributing to the waste stream.
  3. Buy local. Buying local is a way to help out small farms and it also reduces the amount of energy it takes to transport food to you table. Typically local food taste better too!
  4. Buy organic vegetables and fruit. By buying organic vegetable and fruits you are reducing the risk of purchasing produce with chemical residue on it. Think about it. It’s better to keep these dangerous chemicals off the table.
  5. Check the labels. Now just cause the packaging may look organic, it’s best to check the labels. By checking the labels you are ensuring that you are making the best eco and organic choices.
Now those are just a couple of ways you can make small choices to help eco friendly grocery shopping. Need more help and advice on eco friendly grocery shopping? Here’s a Youtube healthy lifestyle guru that can help you out.  Megan Roosevelt, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the founder of Healthy Grocery Girl®. Join her every week for new healthy lifestyle, beauty & recipe videos!!

 Megan Roosevelt, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist




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