Simple steps to sustainable shopping

Want to be green but don’t know where to begin? Start at the grocery store.Pic of egg selection at Van's Thriftway.

  1. Shop on the edge.  The whole and natural foods are always found at the perimeter of the store. If you start at one side and work your way around the edges of the store, you will find all the produce, dairy, and meat products.  Helping avoid the foods that have not had additional natural resources spent on processing.
  2. Organic.  Choose organic as often as possible. If you’re like me and on a tight budget, prioritize organic purchases that are likely to be filled with pesticides and hormones.  Choose organic with produce where you consume the skin, like berries, celery, and apples.
  3. Bulk up.  Bulk foods are typically less processed than their alternatives, and it is also a great way to reduce unnecessary packaging and waste.