Sustainable Grocery Shopping

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Hello! This whole month I’m bringing you different tips on how you can practice Sustainable Nutrition. To me, sustainable nutrition is not only a way of ensuring our own good health through food, but also a way to conserve the resources we use on our one and only planet. Join me each Monday this month for a new topic in Sustainable Nutrition. Also, take the Plastic-Free July challenge with me to reduce the amount of plastic that is filling up our landfills and oceans at an alarming rate. The rules for this challenge:

1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.

2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don’t worry about being perfect.

3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.

4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Visit Plastic-Free July to sign up for and commit to the challenge!


This week, I want to help set you up for success by discussing ways to be more sustainable through grocery shopping. If you think I’m missing something, comment below!

1. Choose items that are not packaged

One way to do this, is to try to shop around the perimeter of your supermarket. The perimeter usually contains the freshest foods (e.g. produce, meat, dairy). Try to fill your cart with foods that don’t contain any plastic packaging (e.g. milk jugs, juice bottles, etc). These items often end up in landfills. If you have a tendency to litter (throw trash out, directly in nature), 1. STOP, and 2. this trash then ends up in our water supply.

2. Choose organic

Conventional produce is grown with an astounding amount of pesticides. When these plants are watered or rained on, the pesticides are washed off into our water supply. This not only depletes many water sources of it’s wildlife, but we end up ingesting it! By opting for organic as much as possible, you choose food that was grown without chemical pesticides/herbicides and therefore pushing to get these deadly, carcinogenic chemicals out of wildlife and our water supply. Since organic produce is still not yet the norm, it can tend to be pricier. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s website to get the most current list of Dirty Dozen produce: the most pesticide heavy produce that you should most definitely buy organic. If you can’t purchase everything organic, at least make sure you are purchasing these 12 things organic.

To me, sustainable nutrition is not only a way of ensuring our own good health through food, but also a way to conserve the resources we use on our one and only planet.

3. Buy in bulk

Buying in bulk reduces packaging. I make huge batches of my Trail Mix Granola recipe regularly, so why not buy all the ingredients in bulk? If you have staple recipes in your household that you use regularly, consider buying them in bulk to reduce packaging waste.

4. Bring your own tote

Aldi has got this one down pat, they provide absolutely zero plastic bags when checking out. You must either use cardboard crates to load your food up, or like most shoppers bring a reusable tote. The entire state of Hawai’i has officially banned plastic bags effective July 1st, 2015. Grab a large tote and keep it in your vehicle to ensure you have it anytime you’re at the grocery store.

5. Choose local ingredients

We all know that driving doesn’t have the greatest impact on the environment. Not only does the process of gasoline production destroy the environment, our cars produce gases that are tearing through the atmosphere. By choosing ingredients that were locally grown, we reduce the distance those ingredients travelled to get to us. Visit a local farmer’s market to pick up some fresh produce and support local business.


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How do you practice sustainable grocery shopping?

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Which of these tips are you going to start doing? 

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