Buy it in BULK!
Save up to one-third on your grocery bill by shopping in bulk while reducing the 80 million tons of packaging that ends up in landfills each year. Now, buying in bulk doesn’t mean buying large quantities of things you don’t need simply because you couldn’t resist the bargain, or buying a container of something so large that half of it goes bad before you can use it! Buying in bulk does mean buying the largest size of products you were going to buy anyway both to save money (items typically cost significantly less by weight when purchased in bulk v. single-size/small packages) and to reduce your consumption of packaging and containers, which make up more than 31 percent of all municipal solid waste.
Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!
“Eat Locally” means simply to buy food from your local farmers market or food grown in your area whenever possible. This is one of the most direct ways to reduce your carbon footprint. By eating food grown in your area, you save energy and fuel. Typical grocery store produce travels 1,500 miles before ending up on your plate. You get the freshest food possible and support your local community & economy by buying local! It’s also better to buy fresh food at the grocery store instead of frozen. Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce. And added benefit is that many local farms are organic, which means no pesticides are used for growing. For the real enthusiast, grow your own fruits and vegetables. Plant a fruit tree… it will provide you with lots of fruit, and will breathe in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – making growing your own fruit effectively carbon negative! Visit www.localharvest.org to find a local farm/farmer’s market in your area.
Do your Body, your Wallet and our Landfills a FAVOR!
Take your Lunch to Work! Americans spend over $134 billion each year on fast food. It’s not cheap; It’s not healthy; And takeout food packaging creates 1.8 million tons of trash in the U.S. each year! If you spend $9 a day on a chicken sandwich and soda, that’s $45 a week, or $2,250 every year. If you instead saved that amount and invested it, in 20 years you’d have more than $111,000!