Green Grocery Shopping

Green budgeting doesn't stop with food.  choose packaging choices that are recyclable or reusable.  I encourage using recyclable packing as it is not only an overall cost savings but it is much better for the environment. 

Drink to this. Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with water. Your investment quickly will pay for itself. 

Got to have a plan! Plan meals ahead, make a list, and shop less often for groceries or shop when your errands take you near a grocery store. You’ll save time, use less fuel, and throw away less food.

Size matters. When choosing between a large container or several smaller containers that add up to the same volume, consider whether buying the larger one will serve the same purpose and save you money. For example, buying individual juice boxes (with more packaging) rather than a larger bottle may make sense if you are traveling but not if the juice is consumed at home where cups are available.

It's in the bag. Reusable shopping bags are great when shopping, but if you prefer plastic grocery bags, reuse them to line small wastebaskets. Put a few bags in the bottom of the waste basket BEFORE you line it, so there's another one ready to use after one is filled. Also, most grocery stores have bins outside where you can bring your used plastic grocery bags to recycle.

Bulk up. Larger containers are often less expensive and can have a lower packaging to product ratio. They make sense IF you will use all of the food or product. If it needs to be frozen or packed for lunches, repackage smaller portions into reusable storage containers. Also, some products like as hand soap can be purchased in big bottles and used to refill smaller containers.

Think Seasonally. Eating produce that is “in season” and grown in your region requires less transportation and storage before reaching your table.

Shop with the End in Mind: Styrofoam containers are very convenient but take up a lot of landfill volume (25-30%) can take up to 500 years to break down, and aren’t typically reused or recycled. Other packaging choices such as plastic, paper, glass or cans may be recyclable as well as reusable.