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Earth Day celebrates the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day takes place on April 22nd, but all of April is Earth Month. Think of the small steps you can take to help save the planet. Start with these earth-saving supermarket tips from the Bulk is Green Council.
Buy only the food that you need. There are so many tempting new items and ingredients, and large sizes are more of a bargain. If you’re not going to use something, don’t buy it. It will likely go bad or expire and add to the household waste. Save the landfill.
Bring your own reusable bags and containers to the store. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and some supermarket chains (Albertson’s and Safeway, to name two) give you a nickel for bringing your own bags (and they sell reusable bags). It’s not the nickel savings that’s important, though; it’s the landfill savings. If you’ve forgotten to BYOB, opt for paper, not plastic. If you walk back and forth to the neighborhood store, use a backpack to carry groceries.
Keep a small fold-up shopping bag, the size of a wallet, in your purse or coat pocket. It’s very useful for small purchases—a quart of milk, toothpaste or a few items where the only option is a plastic bag. Chain drugstores seem to offer only plastic.
Reuse plastic containers. Bring them to the bulk foods section or the deli counter. Just remind the counterperson to deduct the weight of your container.
Buy natural and organic foods whenever possible. They’re often not significantly more expensive. Not only are pesticides and synthetic chemicals used in conventional foods bad for you, but they’re also bad for the environment. Tainted runoff from conventional farms washes into rivers and lakes, which contaminates the water supply and threatens wildlife.
Earth Month is all about awareness. We’ve tucked a fold-up shopping bag into our purse, have a Sodastream (a soda and club soda maker to eliminate bottle and can waste – the regular and diet flavors are outstanding), and are planning to make more changes, one week at a time.
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