When we think of sustainable shopping, reusable bags are an obvious quick fix. But even if you avoid plastic bags like the plague, green grocery shopping can be overwhelming. We’ve got a few tips to guide your next trip to the grocery store!
While local food is not guaranteed to be more environmentally friendly, there is a lot to be said for the economic and social sustainability of supporting local farmers and businesses. From farmers’ markets to Community Supported Agriculture, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with local growers. Find local food in Philly here.
Ask What “Green” Means
Food labels can be extremely helpful for identifying organic products. However, they can also be very misleading. Greenwashed products that claim to be “natural,” “farm fresh,” or “green” don’t have to back up those labels with quality. To make the most of your sustainable shopping experience, only rely on the most trustworthy labels.
Bulk shopping is a great way to avoid single use plastic while saving money! All you need is a reusable container (make sure you mark the weight of your container to avoid paying extra). If you need some ideas for where to find bulk shopping in Philly, check out this partial list.
Planning is Key
When it comes to any kind of sustainable shopping, there is definitely too much of a good thing! Prepare your shopping list and meal plan to make sure that you don’t buy more than you need or let what you have go to waste. Check out this list full of tips to reduce your food waste.
Delete the Meat
Between the growing of feed, deforestation, animal emissions, and manure decomposition, the livestock industry accounts for 14% to 21% of our greenhouse gas emissions! But here’s a little secret... you don’t have to completely give up meat to shrink your footprint! Just taking small steps to limit your meat consumption has a positive impact. Try participating in Meatless Monday, or save meat as a special treat for the weekends.
DIY Your Food Supply
What’s the best way to ensure your food is grown in the most sustainable way possible? Grow it yourself! Whether you have the space and the green thumb to keep your own garden, or if you want to get involved with your local community garden, growing your own food is a great way to reconnect with nature while gaining valuable skills. Want to garden but don’t have the space? Check out this map of community gardens in Philly or get involved with the Temple Community Garden.