1. Take inventory
I will admit, with running a business from home, plus being a SAHM, it is easy to use going to the grocery store as a way to “get out of the house.” As fun as your nearest Sprouts or Whole Foods trip may be, it can add up. Before heading to the grocery store, take stock of your pantry, refrigerator, and cabinets. If you still have 2 bags of lemons from the previous week, leave them off your list until next time. Be honest with yourself about the foods you actually eat, versus the foods you think you should eat. A bonus tip: if you are going to buy extra, make sure you are getting foods you can freeze.
I have a rule : I am not allowed to go to the store for less than 3 items. I great way to keep track is to get a nifty little white board you keep on your refrigerator to write down an out of stock item you need for next time.
2. Reusable Produce Bags
Plastic Bag waste is one of the easiest things to eliminate when grocery shopping but let’s take it up a notch. You may know to bring reusable grocery bags, but what about produce bags? Plastic bags are no good. They have wildlife-destroying pollution, needless oil consumption, and to top it all off, endocrine-disrupting chemicals written all over them. So, you may be doing your body a favor by shopping in the produce section, but why don’t you do the world a favor?
Plastic takes over 1,000 years to decompose, once it decomposes it turns into micro-plastics that NEVER fully disappear from our Earth. 90% of this plastic is not being recycled properly and makes its way to our oceans.You can make a huge difference in such an easy way by eliminating daily plastic usage.
To give you an idea of how much plastic we’re producing; if everyone just in the United States alone were to ditch plastic produce bags, we would save over 100 MILLION TONS of plastic from our Oceans each month.
So not only will people stop and ask where you got your nifty eco-friendly produce bags, but you will be saving the planet, one produce bag at a time.
Here are the ones I recommend:
3. Buying Bread
There is hidden plastic packaging all throughout the grocery store. Its hidden in the package of tomatoes, the bags of lemons, the plastic wrapped around the english cucumber, its hard to escape it, but you can.
One simple way to cut on waste, is bread. You might have forgotten that bread comes in a plastic bag too, we’re so used to not thinking about these subtle details. Most large grocery stores have a bakery section where loaves are made and stored (sleeve free). Next time, bring a large produce bag and ask to use your own bag instead of a plastic sleeve. They will smile and be happy to help. So by now you are the coolest person in the store with those nifty cotton bags, saving the planet, while also getting the freshest-most delectable smelling bread. Sounds like a win-win to me.