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5 Simple Ways To Shop Greener At The Grocery Store

By Maria Cook

Grocery shopping is a universal errand--every family has to do it. So it makes sense that the way we shop can have a huge collective impact on our planet. Although many of us have shopped the same way for years and go through the same habitual motions each time, it's worth stopping to examine our shopping tendencies, to make small changes that can help the environment.

From where we shop to what products we buy to how we get back home, every action we take--no matter how habitual it may feel--is a choice. What choices can your family make to help the environment while shopping? Here are five ways for you to shop greener at the grocery store. 

1. Consider non-motorized transportation

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How do you get to the grocery store? If you're like most Americans, you likely drive. This is understandable, if you live more than twenty minutes away from the grocery store or if you are shopping for a very large number of items. But if you live close to your store of choice, or if you're a city-dweller, why not hop on a bike, utilize public transportation, or even walk to buy your groceries?

We all know that cars contribute to the rise of greenhouse gasses, which contribute to climate change. So if you want to make a difference, simply getting to the grocery store in a different way can be a huge help! Just be sure to avoid rush hour, if you're planning to use public transportation. And don't forget, sturdy baskets can be clipped on and off of almost any bicycle, so investing in such a basket gives you an eco-friendly shopping bag as well as ease of transport.