3 Simple Tips to Shop Sustainably
WHY SHOULD YOU TRY ZERO-WASTE SHOPPING?
Zero-waste is an amazing movement that promotes a greener world and living in harmony with our planet. This lifestyle plays a major role in protecting our planet. The zero-waste movement aims to redefine the current production and consumption system, in which resources are taken from the Earth and, sooner or later are dumped into landfills & leave behind piles of pollution.
Although zero-waste can sound intimidating, you can start small and take gradual steps to low-waste living. Remember, we don't need an individual doing zero-waste perfectly, we need a million people doing it imperfectly.
One of the best ways to ease into the habits of a low-waste lifestyle is by trying to reduce waste during grocery shopping trips! Here, we are sharing just three simple ways you can greatly reduce your waste and make strides to a cleaner Earth.
BUY IN BULK
Buying in bulk is a wonderful way to approach the zero-waste lifestyle! Simply grab your mason jars or your Eco Bags, tare them off, then fill them with goodies from the bulk section!
Luckily, there are many stores now that offer a wide variety of grains, beans, flour, nuts, seeds, snacks & even protein powders in bulk! (Check out Sprouts, Whole Foods, or search up bulk grocers in your area)
Not only is buying in bulk great for avoiding unnecessary packaging, it also saves you money. Bulk items tend to be cheaper per pound since there is no packaging to pay for.
BRING YOUR REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS
If you've been on a sustainable journey for a while now, you've probably gotten into the habit of bringing in your own grocery bags, like accumulated paper bags or tote bags to carry all of your groceries out of the store, to your car, and into your home, right?
Have you gotten into the habit of bringing in reusable produce bags?
Instead of grabbing single-use plastic bags while you're browsing the produce aisle, make sure you bring plenty of Eco Bags to eliminate waste & keep your produce together.
SHOP AT FARMER'S MARKETS
Did you know that shopping at your local farmers' markets is one of the most eco-friendly things you can do?
Many vendors selling at markets greatly minimize the amount of waste and pollution they create. Most use certified organic practices, reducing the number of synthetic pesticides and chemicals that pollute our soil and water. Additionally, many are also adopting other low-impact practices, such as onsite composting, that help combat climate change and other environmental issues.
By shopping at local farmers' markets, you cut the carbon emission it takes to transport food & goods, while also getting fresher produce & supporting the local economy! Take a look at what markets your city offers - you'll love the fresh, in-season varieties!