If visiting farmer’s markets and liquidating your paychecks at specialty grocery stores doesn’t sound like an appealing way to go green, don’t worry! You can shop at any supermarket near our Grand Prairie apartments and still be kind to the environment. Here are 5 tips to help you get started.
1. Walk the Perimeter
The inside aisles of most stores are where you will find refined, processed foods that take more energy and resources to create than the produce, dairy and meats found in the outer aisles.
2. Look for Local
Whether you’re choosing locally produced food or finished items like bread and tortillas, choosing local not only means your food is probably fresher, but it also had a much shorter trip to your store.
3. Try Organics
Although organic foods can be a bit more expensive than their conventional counterparts, organic foods tend to skip chemical additives that can be dangerous to the earth (and you!). Foods that are 100% organic are best, but even foods that are simply made with organic ingredients are better than conventional ones.
4. Less Packaging
Have you ever opened a box or a bag of something only to find another sealed package inside? From cereal to cookies to bread, an excess of packaging is everywhere. Look for foods with minimal packaging, and try reusable produce bags to cut down even further.
5. Speaking of Bags
Packing up your purchases is another place to cut down on environmental waste, too. The best option is to choose sturdy, reusable bags that avoid waste altogether. If you forget your bags at home or don’t want the hassle, bring your used plastic bags back to the supermarket and drop them in the recycling bin to keep them out of the landfill.
Green Living Made Easy
Being close to many major grocers and retailers are only one of the ways we make green living easy in our Grand Prairie apartments. To schedule a tour, contact Derby Park Apartments today.