If you have taken the first steps in eating healthy, then good for you! But if you want to make your plant-based diet shopping a hell of a lot more sustainable, then you are at the right place. The earth is calling, and a small contribution from a few billion strong is all that is needed to turn the tides in earth’s favor.
There are a few simple strategies that will help you to turn the world around you just a bit greener. Let us take a look:
Have Your Reusable Bags Available
It is often that we end up misplacing or forgetting the reusable bags that we keep with ourselves. The best way to get around that problem is to simply keep it in a place that you just can’t miss. It is would be great if you keep your reusable bags in your car’s glove compartment. Or better still, you can keep one in your purse or your carry-on, whatever suits you best.
No More Of The Single-Use Plastic
The way to win the waste pollution war is to cut down on plastic use. Few countries are ahead of others, such as the collective EU and Canada, both of whom have vowed to ban single-use plastic. We only have one earth to live on, and it is high time we start acting like it. The planet is drowning in a sea of plastic and straws.
It is estimated that close to 60 million plastic bottles end up in incinerators each day and a total of 22 billion in a year! The plastic wastage has increased six-fold from 1997 to 2004, and the numbers only keep adding up…
It doesn’t require a Ph.D. to realize that this destructive nature of ours, is ultimately going to be the cause of our demise.
To do your part in reversing the damage, stop the use of single-use plastics that include soda bottles, bottled tea and juices. Once you are done all they do is end up, and sit in the landfill for the next 1000 years.
We can do better. Much better.
Buy In Larger Quantities
The choice is yours: either buy in bulk or make sure that paper or biodegradable packaging is used. Generally speaking, plant-based foods if bought in bulk can save on needless packaging. Foods like oats, rice, beans, seeds and nuts can be bought in larger quantities and stored in glass jars.
Get The Ugly Produce
If you want to save money and have a positive effect on the environment, then buying from the bins that hold bruised produce or almost-expired produce will suit you well. These are available for a discount just because of the reason that they don’t look ‘pretty’. They may not be appealing, but they hold the same nutritional goodness as any other produce.
Even if you are not inclined to use them in your recipes, you can make amazing smoothies and soups with them.
Show the ugly produce and the planet some love.
Shop Local Often
Step out of the shopping malls and head over to the farmer’s market, for a change. Local farmers and producers come here to display their goods. By buying from them you will not only be helping the local economy but also reduce the burden on the environment because of transportation and shipping.
Check The Recycling Labels
All plastic containers have labels imprinted on the underside. These are the triangular logos with digits inside of them. They can range from #1 to #7. It is different for different countries, so you will have to check up with locals.
Go Organic If Possible
Organic foods are produced by farmers and are high-quality foods that are grown on healthy soil. These aren’t grown on chemical and fertilizer ridden soils, which can have fatal effects on the human body. if you have a garden, then grow your own produce. These won’t be as good looking as the chemical fertilizer ridden produce but is sure a lot healthier.
Stay Away From Plastic Wrap Produce
This is a recent phenomenon- fruits and vegetables singularly wrapped in plastic. Now a single cucumber wrapped in plastic is great but is really a weak attempt at mimicking the already existing defenses of the veggie. It doesn’t come with a plastic wrap in nature.
If you see one of these, turn the other way and walk.
Try these tips and tricks out and you are sure to make a lasting impact on the environment. You are one in a few billion, and if everybody were to make their small contributions like carrying a reusable bag when they head to shop, the results we will get to see are too many to count. Cleaner waters, cleaner soil and cleaner air.
We only have to gain plenty and absolutely nothing to lose. Your actions matter, so make it count.