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Archive for March, 2011

Recycling is a great way to “go green” and help keep our world clean. There are also plenty of eco friendly shopping tips to help put a few bills back in your wallet while keeping both you and our planet healthy, too.

Keep Tractor Trailer Trucks off the Road: Buy Locally and in Season

Eating fruits and vegetables grown close by not only saves fossil fuel, but the food is fresher, tastes better, cost less, and has more nutrients. Better yet, it is a great way to support local farmers.

Reduce Packaging

Buying in bulk or “family sizes” lowers the amount of plastic, paper, metal and energy that goes into packaging. Dividing these bulk sizes into smaller holders at home can help control portion sizes and manage your weight. Buying in bulk can also help cut back on the number of times you have to drive to the grocery store each month.

“Tote” around the Store

Bring your own bags or totes when you shop to limit the amount of plastic bags the store must provide. These plastic bags end up as litter and pollute our fresh waters. If you happen to use plastic bags, be sure to recycle them. Almost every grocery store has a recycling bin for this purpose.

Walk to the Store

If your grocery store is close to home, why not walk there? It’s a great way to burn calories, save money, and stay green. If you live too far away, carpooling can be a great option.

Buy Recycled or Recyclable Containers

Many cereal boxes and chip bags are made from recycled materials. If you can’t find these, make sure to recycle any containers that you can after using them.

Buy What You Need and Feed Your Garden the Rest

Make a grocery list and stick to it. Foods that you buy and don’t use can spoil and end up in the trash can – what a waste! If you have foods that are no longer good to eat, rather than filling the trash can, feed your garden. Place the spoiled food in a container and when it gets full, spread it on the soil around your garden. Think about starting a small worm compost system right in your home.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and fiber to help keep you healthy. They can be bought without extra wrapping, too. Buy produce that keeps longer in the refrigerator such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots. Take it one step at a time. Doing just one of these tips each week can help lead to a cleaner and healthier environment.

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