When trying to bolster an environmentally friendly lifestyle, we often think about gas mileage, recycling, and other big purchases and lifestyle decisions. It doesn’t have to take a huge change to go green, every little step counts. For example, having greener grocery buying habits goes a long way. From produce, and pantry goods, buying natural ingredients helps you make an eco-conscious impact every day. Here are some key areas for going green at the market.
Buying the Right Organic Foods
By now it’s apparent that organic foods can be a huge benefit to the environment, but that doesn’t mean you should just look for labels and cease becoming engaged in the process. If a food is organic, that means fewer toxic pesticides in our foods and infecting the earth. It is easy to find these foods at local farmer’s markets or maybe in your own backyard.
Is all organic food equal? The production and transportation of these foods sometimes still requires lots of greenhouse gas emissions. Think about buying in bulk and avoiding excess packaging. For produce, focus on things that have recyclable containers. In short, keep your green mind turned on instead of simply relying on organic labels to feel good about the purchases.
Local and In-Season Foods
A huge chunk of the carbon footprint from our food comes out of refrigeration and shipping. Buying local doesn’t just help the regional economy; you’re saving thousands of miles of fuel consumption with every delicious bite. The same goes for buying in-season produce. Frozen strawberries in winter were probably picked far away and have been using energy to be frozen. Whatever has had the shortest path to you is greenest.
Glass, Paper and Metal Containers
Packaging also has a huge impact on how environmentally friendly our groceries are. Look at your trash can and see what food choices are producing the most waste. Next time you go to the store, look for recyclable containers. Go for mushrooms by the pound instead of in styrofoam. Each informed consideration will green up your shopping.
Our furry friends don’t want to hurt the environment anymore than we do! In addition to providing dogs and cats with optimal nutrition and freshness, switching to raw food reduces the environmental damage from our food buying. Cooked pet foods go through a massive processing treatment and use tons of packaging. Ask your vet about the benefits for your dog, and enjoy the fact that a raw pet food diet will green your own shopping habits.