17 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day


| 4/22/2019 10:42:00 AM


Happy Earth Day! Want to help the planet? Cut your plastic waste. The best place to start is the kitchen. Choose one of two of the following steps, get your new routine down pat and then choose more steps.

How to Shop

cloth bags and jars
Cloth bulk bags and glass jars filled with staples from the bulk bins

1. Bring your own cloth shopping bags. Opt for natural fibers when you choose bags. Synthetic materials shed tiny plastic fibers in the washing machine. This plastic ends up in our rivers, lakes and oceans. You can buy cloth shopping bags pretty much everywhere today.

2. Bring your own cloth produce and bulk bags. You won’t want to stuff your reusable shopping bags with plastic produce and bulk bags. I sew very simple bags that last for years. If you don’t want to make your own bags, you can often find them at health food stores and food co-ops. You can also buy them online from various Etsy shops. Again, opt for natural fibers.

3. Bring your own glass jars. Get the weight of these before you fill them up at the bulk bins. At some stores, customer service will weigh them for you and mark the tare (i.e., weight) on them. Other stores set out scales and you weigh the jars yourself. The cashier will deduct the weight of the jar from the total weight when checking you out so you pay for the food only.



4. Make a shopping list and stick to it. With a shopping list in hand, you will not only avoid all those plastic-wrapped impulse buys at the front of the checkout, you’ll also know just how many bags and jars you’ll need to take with you shopping. A little bit of planning will help you eliminate a great deal of your waste.



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