This September, Henny and I had an event called TARC 101: Kroger and Back! The purpose of this event was multifaceted- we put this event on to show people how riding public transportation is easy and environmentally friendly, and we shopped consciously by using reusable shopping bags! As a bonus, we gave people advice on how to shop more sustainably. Here are some of our favorite tips!
1. Shop Organically
Shopping organically cuts down on your carbon footprint. Foods that are organic use less CO2 than foods that aren’t and reduces climatic stress.
2. Shop Seasonally
Vegetables and fruits that aren’t in season are grown two different ways; in greenhouses that use a lot of energy or rely heavily on importation.
Good thing apples are in season!
Check which foods are in season here: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org/
3. Shop Less Meat
Meat production has been growing at a much faster than the rate of population growth. Shopping less meat means that your carbon footprint will decrease and you will be saving water!
4. Cut Down on Waste
When shopping, make a conscious effort to bring reusable shopping bags. Buy foods with less packaging and stay away from individually wrapped food items!
Green Initiatives promotes sustainability on an individual and institutional level to create environmental change in the community.