HOW TO BE A GREEN GROCERY SHOPPER
- American's throw away 40% of the food they bring home.
- On average, 200 pounds of food is thrown away each month, which equals about $2.275 a year wasted for a family of four.
- Food scraps are the number one material sent to landfills in the US.
- Uneaten food accounts for about 14% of all municipal solid waste, contributing almost 25% of methane emissions and costing roughly $1.3 billion to transport and dump in landfills.
- Over 380 billion non reusable bags are consumed in the each year.
- Use reusable shopping bags.
- Buy in bulk.
- Skip the produce bags.
- Buy local foods to reduce transportation emissions.
- Shop the perimeter of the store as processed food with lots of packaging is found in the center.
- Skip to a shopping list of things you need to avoid over consumption and waste.
- Use coupons only for things you were going to buy anyway.
- Skip the beverage section's individually packaged drinks.
- Buy natural cleaners that use plant extracts.
- Consider meat that is grass fed and locally raised.
- Cut down on disposables.
- Buy things with fewer ingredients: The more ingredients, the more processed it is.
- Plan your meals ahead of time.
- Consider public transportation biking or walking to the store.
- Eat seasonally: Items that are in season are probably more local and more cost effective.
- Take inventory of what you have to make sure you are not repurchasing things.
- Consider transportation, biking or walking to the store.
6 ingredients to avoid when shopping
- #1 High--fructose corn syrup.
- #2 Trans fans.
- #3 Artificial flavors.
- #4 Monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- #5 Artificial colors.
- #7 Artificial sweeteners.
- #8 Preservatives.
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