5 Ways to Make Your Food Habits More Eco-Friendly
1. Eating produce that is in-season is a good choice for both your body and the environment, especially if you shop locally. If it's more fresh and travels less distance, you are gaining the full nutrient and vitamin content from your fruits and veggies. In-season produce has lower carbon emissions per pound, which helps keep carbon out of the environment. You can learn more about what fruits and vegetables are in-season by viewing the "What's in Season?" list which is linked below.
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2. Whether you are using reusable water bottles, tote bags, non-plastic cups, or multiple different products that are eco-friendlier, this is a simple way to be a little bit kinder to the planet. If you have leftovers from a meal or are taking food/snacks on the go, purchase and use reusable ziplock bags or Tupperware. In the long run, you are saving yourself money while minimizing your ecological footprint.
3. Growing a garden, or even purchasing plants such as house plants or succulents for the home, can teach you quite a few things. For one, purchasing house plants (like a snake plant) can improve the air quality in your space. You can choose to grow a full garden in your backyard or if you have a smaller space, such as an apartment, you can grow your own herbs and spices. Not only are you growing your own produce which is better for the environment, but you are also teaching yourself how to have a green thumb and how to take care of another living thing. How cool!
4. Take some time out of your day to conduct further research about sustainable alternatives when it comes to your daily eating and shopping routines. When it comes to recycling, laws and procedures vary by state. It's important to research what types of plastics can be recycled in your area. Contact your local authorities or government officials if you have any questions regarding recyclable plastics. Also, contacting your local government is a way for you to ask questions about what steps your city/state are taking to better the environment and what their plans are for future recycling.
5. When shopping for food or beverages, try your hardest to limit plastic. A good way to do this is to buy in bulk. Shopping at stores such as Costco, Sam's Clubs, or wholesale grocery stores offer bulk products. Also, take a reusable water bottle with you when you are traveling. This is a simple way to limit the plastic in your life, especially when staying in hotels or when you have long car rides. I recommend purchasing a reusable water bottle that has a filtration system so you can fill it up from any water source while ensuring you're drinking safe water.
As a reminder, it can be overwhelming to make many changes to your daily routines. You don't have to go plastic free entirely if it doesn't necessarily fit your preferences and interests. The most important thing is to find what fits best for you and just try. Don't let there be a pressure to be 100% perfect in your eco-friendly habits. We are human and we should give ourselves a little bit of grace. Thanks for reading!
Written by: Kelso Brown
Graphics by: Kelso Brown
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