How to Go Greener at the Supermarket

Think about these sustainable ideas next time you walk down the aisle.

Living Green

If everyone made more thoughtful choices at the supermarket, our planet would have a brighter future. Here are some tips to get you feeling good about your decisions.

1. Bring reusable bags. Each year, 500 billion to one trillion plastic grocery bags are used worldwide. (That's one million plastic bags each minute.) According to the U.S. EPA, less than 1% of those bags are recycled. Plastic bags clog landfills, take practically forever to decompose, and harm marine wildlife.

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2. Buy more produce. Eating more fruits and vegetables is not only better for your body; it plays a role in protecting the environment. Why? Produce requires less energy to create than pre-packaged foods.

3. Choose ocean-friendly fish. Check buyers' guides to learn which seafood to buy or avoid. If you're not sure, look for the Marine Stewardship Council label which guarantees that a product meets the requirements for sustainability

4. Cut down on meat. Studies have found that livestock farming is responsible for 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Ouch. What can you do? Eat vegetarian food more often

5. Buy in bulk. Less product packaging means less energy was used to make the product, and less waste is created after you consume it. Don't buy small individual packages of yogurt or applesauce, and say no to juice boxes and individual bottles of water. For convenience, portion your food out in reusable containers.

6. Purchase recycled aluminum foil. Creating recycled foil uses a fraction of the energy used to create regular aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

7. Buy locally and in season. In the winter, don't make a habit of buying cherries from Chile or strawberries from Mexico. When you buy from local farmers, your food isn't just fresher; it hasn't been flown thousands of miles to get to you (which uses gas and other resources).

Ryan Homes Tip: Before eating produce, use a fruit and vegetable wash to remove dirt, soil, and other contaminants.