Shop smarter, eat more healthily and save money while you’re at it. Who said being healthy had to be difficult or expensive?
1. Bring your own bags. A lot of stores will give you a discount for bringing them! Pick up a few on your next trip or upcycle your own to save money. Make sure to wash them regularly for safety, especially when buying produce and meat.
2. Buy in bulk whenever possible. Bulk foods use less packaging and often cost less. If your local store allows, you can even bring your own bulk food containers.
3. Bring your coupons! Look for coupons for your favorite brands – including organics, produce, eco-friendly cleaners and more in your local newspaper and online on retailers’ websites.
4. Regrow your veggies. For stalk vegetables and leafy greens, keep the base intact while you’re chopping the rest, then place the base in water (leaving the top uncovered) near a window and wait for leaves to sprout!
5. If you can, walk to the store! You’ll burn a few calories and reduce CO2 emissions while getting your errands done.
6. Choose local products and shop seasonably whenever possible to reduce your dinner plate’s carbon footprint. And don’t forget to buy organic when it’s available! Not sure how it’s grown? The code on the little sticker will actually help you choose your produce:
Four-digit code – conventional
Five-digit code starting with 8 – genetically modified (GMO)
Five-digit code starting with 9 – organic
7. Consider healthier meat choices such as grass-fed beef, all-natural poultry, and line caught fish. It’s better for you and the planet.
8. Make a list! Buying things you don’t need and may not eat can mean that food will spoil before it’s used, wasting money and resources.
9. Shopping during off hours when you can, especially during the summer. Fewer cars are on the road and people in the store means less headache for you, less peak CO2 emissions added to the atmosphere and less air conditioning needed to cool the store!
—The EnergyEarth Team
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