“Being green” or purchasing “organic” produce is all the rage these days. However, you don’t have to move out to the country, become a vegan or bike everywhere to begin to reduce your ecological footprint. You don’t have to make a drastic change to your life – small, seemingly insignificant actions can really add up.
1. Bring your own reusable bags
I love bringing my own bags when I go grocery shopping. Aside from the “good for the environment” bit, I love my reusable bags because they are so much easier to carry than those plastic grocery bags, especially when they get heavy and start digging into my hands.
When you cook as much as I do, those plastic grocery bags can really start piling up around the house. Clutter!
Also, some retailers (like Target) will give you a slight discount per bag that you bring. I believe it’s 5 cents per bag. It’s not much, but pretty cool.
There are some really cute reusable bags out there, check these out:
2. Buy local
The average supermarket produce items is shipped hundreds (if not thousands) of miles. So, if not to reduce the carbon emission created from the transport of the items… at least check out your local farmer’s market for the fun part of it. An afternoon spent with your family browsing and sampling tasty, fresh local treat at your local farmers market is sure to be more fun than the routine grocery store run.
Look up your local markets! Most of them should be starting in the early summer. Here is a small list of the ones in the Atlanta area:
Dekalb Farmer’s Market
3000 E. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Whistle Stop Farmer’s Market of Historic Norcross
Located along side Thrasher Park on Buchanan Street in Historic Norcross
Morningside Farmer’s Market
1393 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta GA 30306
3. Pay and receive bills online
Not only does make it easier and faster, especially in this age of technology, it also saves on paper and trees.
4. Plant a tree
…or some plants. Seem really simple doesn’t it? And fun! Just one tree can offset tons of carbon in its lifetime.
5. Skip bottled water
Yes, water is great for you. But buying bottled water is both expensive and creates waste. Buy a filter and filter your own water, the filter will pay for itself in no time.