Chris' Corner: Choose ECO-FRIENDLY while at the Grocery Store

Choose ECO-FRIENDLY while at the Grocery Store

Here are some tips on how you can choose to be a much more ECO-FRIENDLY Shopper while at the Grocery Store:

  • Go Local and Organic - Buying local not only reduces the carbon footprint of your purchase (by reducing the travel and processing impact on our planet), but also helps people in our local communities. Look first for products with a "Canada Organic" logo, then "USDA" organic, indicating that the product contains at least 95% organic ingredients (or vice versa if you live in the U.S).
  • Try Meatless Fridays and/or Mondays - it can take up to 17 lbs of vegetable protein to produce 1 lb of meat protein. Eating more vegetarian dishes would reduce the strain on our environment.
  • Plan Ahead - before you shop, consider what you have. This will reduce both excessive shopping and could help to reduce waste. Studies have indicated that up to 25% of the fresh food we buy goes to waste before we can use it. If a food has been on the shelf or in the refrigerator for a while, use it soon.
  • Be "FAIR" - Look for the "Fair Trade Certified" logo when buying items such as bananas, coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate or similar products grown abroad.
  • Choose your fish carefully - Stay away from Chilean Sea Bass and other over-fished varieties, instead choosing sustainable fish.
  • Bulk Foods - Bulk foods not only are free from packaging waste, they can often save you money. When buying nuts, grains, cereals, treats, etc, consider the bulk section or your bulk food store.
  • Leave the bag - When buying loose produce, do not use the tear off plastic bags, and either put them into your cart or use re-usable cloth or mesh bags.

Check out this link for more tips on being: ECO-FRIENDLY in the kitchen

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 6 commentsChris Smith • October 05 2011 11:18PM


Good Evening Chris


Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

you are on a super streak with very practical and very useful tips and suggestions that are very easy to implement and have a little fun with for the entire family...

Good for you

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC about 9 years ago

You are very welcome Patrick

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, I hope some of these tips evoke some peoples imaginations and evoke some positive action.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Chris, this is very cool, and I am going to reblog it to follow my latest post.  Thanks.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the great information and green suggestions.  I'm trying to educate myself regarding this issue and your list definitely helps me accomplish that.  Some are so easy to do and easily worked into our lives.  Helps me ... helps the world ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 9 years ago