Simple Green Shopping Tips to Reduce Your Waste at No Added Cost

I’ve been looking into green shopping tips recently and have happily discovered that this is far easier than I thought. There is a lot of plastic out there. After watching Greta Thurnberg address the World Economic Forum 2019 and put all adults in our places, I’ve been trying to make changes in my life. Yes, I’ve been starting small, but I’m starting with what is within reach. Big changes need to be made, so I’m working my way up as quickly as I can.

For me, this has meant starting by donating to a few environmental organizations I trust, reducing my waste, decreasing the use of my car and trying to divert as much as I can from landfills. If you’re just starting, too, then I hope my green shopping tips might give you a great first step to begin earning your way to being hopeful about the future.

My Green Shopping Tips for Being as Waste-Free as Possible

1 – Stop Buying Individual-Size Beverages

I’ve stopped buying any individual-sized beverages. This includes water bottles, pop bottles, cans, and others. I have promised myself never to buy another disposable water bottle again. In a worst case, I’ll buy water in a reusable or compostable cup, but I keep a water bottle with me at all times, so my hope is that I can just refill it whenever I need to from now on. Even though individual-size bottles may be recyclable, recycling requires a lot of energy, water, and fossil fuels (the vehicles that ship the bottles to your store and that take your recycling away). I’m all for recycling, but if I can just avoid the waste altogether, I’d far prefer it.

2 – Make a Shopping List and Use It

Americans throw away an average of 40 percent of the food they buy. The world as a whole wastes about 30 percent of its food. Food takes tremendous resources in terms of fossil fuels and water to plant, tend, harvest and transport. We can do far better than wasting a third of it or more. Planning meals and snacks, then basing a shopping list on that plan – then sticking to the shopping list – helps me to make sure I’m buying only what I need. I’ve reached the point that it’s rare for me to throw something out because it has spoiled before I could use it. These green shopping tips save you a small fortune over time, too!

3 – Use Food in Order of Shelf Life

When you put away the food you buy, place the foods with the longer shelf life in the back and work your way forward with the foods with a shorter shelf life. This is one of my handiest green shopping tips because it means my fridge automatically tells me what I need to cook first. My spinach is in the front, for example, because I know it will start to go bad the fastest. Making sure it’s right there in front of me ensures I’ll prepare it and eat it before it wilts.

4 – Use Reusable Containers and Bags

Start with reusable totes instead of shopping bags but consider having canisters and jars weighed before buying food in bulk so you can use those instead of bags, too. Reusable produce bags are inexpensive and let you avoid all that extra plastic when you purchase your fruits and veggies. These are the green shopping tips I like the most while I’m in-store because people are always asking me about them in the checkout line and by telling them about them, it means they might get their own and make a difference too!

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