6 Tips to Help Your Grocery List Go Green
Mar 04, 2021 11:38 AM EST | By Ernest Hamilton
Eating healthy is hard, especially when there are so many quick and easy sugary snacks out there that will give you a rush.
However, buying green and healthy at the grocery store doesn't always need to be arduous and time-consuming. There are plenty of grocery-store gems that can help you live a greener, healthier lifestyle without costing you time or money.
Here are seven tips to help your grocery list go green:
1. Choose a Store With Green Initiatives
The only way many consumers know to make a statement is to choose where they spend their money. With so much information about grocery stores and other companies so readily available, you should choose to spend your green at a place that cares about going green.
Now, this doesn't mean you need to choose a store far away that forces you only to buy certain items. With a little research, you can find local grocery stores that make an effort or offer products that you find exceptional.
Pro Tip: Don't forsake a favorite grocery shopping spot just because they don't currently carry a particular item or brand. Stores are relatively well-connected nowadays, and getting their customers what they want should be their priority. So, before you go on a quest to find a store that stocks that item outright, ask your preferred grocery store if they could get it for you. Depending on the product, they may have a connection that can get you what you want.
BYOB (Bringing your own bags) is one of the easiest and helpful ways to help your grocery list go green. This item is not only eco-friendly, but it is also beneficial.
When you BYOB, you practice one of the best green practices you can, reusing your bags.
Besides being eco-friendly, though, bringing bags to the grocery store provides confidence that you will have enough sturdy bags to obtain the items you need. Plus, it helps your organization. If you get the same things every week, you will fall into a routine, which will make the once-per-week shopping quicker and more efficient every time.
3. Buy the Right Amount for the Product
This tip is sort of a two-for-one. According to the USDA, Americans waste between 30-40 percent of the overall annual food supply. While that is an appalling statistic, the waste likely isn't intentional. Instead, it is ingrained in our lifestyle. Americans look for convenience and quantity, often over quality.
However, getting the right amount of grocery items during one trip is based on the item's shelf-life.
Buy What You Can Bulk
Often, going green and being eco-friendly maintains a less is more connotation. However, depending on the item, buying in bulk is often the best deal and the most eco-friendly solution for grocery shopping.
If you purchase long-lasting items like nuts, rice, and beans in bulk, you can usually forgo a lot of unnecessary plastic wrapping and can sometimes even score compostable packaging.
The more you can get from an item without wasting it, the fewer trips you have to make to the store and the more money you will save.
4. Buy Fresh
Fresh food is always best. There is no substitute for getting as close to eating food off the vine as possible. Therefore, you should only buy what you need.
Planning your meals ahead of time and taking a day for meal-prep can help clear your work-week schedule, save money, and eat healthier. If you do this, you only have to go to the store once per week, at a planned time, which will reduce the stress and impulse buying associated with running into the store during the week for just one thing.
5. Buy Glass Bottled Items
Plastic is the preferred product packaging of most items. However, when you are grocery shopping, try to buy glass bottles instead of plastic (if there isn't an even more eco-friendly option, of course). At least glass bottles can be reused and repurposed.
6. Decline a Paper Receipt
Nicely, decline a paper receipt. Most of the time, paper receipts get lost or thrown away anyway. So, there is little reason to keep collecting these slips of paper.
Alternatively, many grocery stores have apps that keep digital receipts of your purchase, or they can email you a digital receipt. If you want to keep on top of your spending, finding a grocery store that offers an alternative to paper receipts is going to be your best bet.