Who knew grocery shopping could be so, wasteful. Even the produce aisle those little plastic bags to put all your vegetables and fruit in them I never realized it until I started paying more attention to what I bought and what I put in my body. When I go shopping now I’m way more cautious of what I bring into my home and how my purchase affects the environment. Here are some of the changes I’ve made to make my shopping greener.
Look For Reusable Items
I try to avoid plastics but they even wrap some cucumbers in plastic now as if they don’t have protective skin around them. When possible I avoid plastic and all costs. Instead, I try to buy things in jars that I reuse for a variety of things mostly plants. If it doesn’t come in a jar a cardboard box is ideal for my compost.
Reusable Produce Bags & Grocery Bags
I find that my reusable bags fit more than the bags the grocery store offer. I try my best to remember my bags and get everything that I need when I’m at the store, however, I’m human I forget things. When I do forget I collect the bags and next time I’m at a Harris Teeter I drop my plastic bags off so they don’t end up in the landfill.
I hate to say this but I don’t know what I’ll eat sometimes. I used to go to the store and buy a ton of food with hopes that I’ll eat it but I won’t. Now, I find a recipe that sounds good to me and purchases items for that recipe then I restock on staples as well as some snacks that I love. That way everything gets used and if it wasn’t used right away it’s frozen or non-perishable so I don’t have to worry about it going bad quickly.
This is why now it takes me a bit longer to go grocery shopping and there’s some prep work that goes into it. It paid off in my fridge a well as my wallet I spend less money because I think before I buy, I enjoy my food more because I no longer think about just satisfying the hunger but fueling my body and I no longer feel guilty about my purchase I know what I bought didn’t hurt the environment.
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