“Go-Green!” – A chant that we have been hearing all too often in today’s waste infested world. The earth is calling for aid- this aid is not for mother earth but for the mankind itself. The way in which we are neglecting and exploiting the lands and sky are as though we have discovered a habitable planet that we can jump across and begin colonizing.
The earth requires you to not only be just a plant-based eater but also make the shopping aspect as sustainable as possible. We shall be penning down some ways in which you can help turn the earth a little greener, one day at a time. Read on…
The Reusable Bag Is Your Best Friend
Gone are the days where you had a drawer that is teeming with plastic bags with logos from a hundred stores painted on it. Instead of picking up spoils from each shopping expedition, you can have a standard shopping bag. This bag should be preferably made of jute, as paper bags don’t last long and can tear and degrade quite fast.
Keep the shopping bag in a place that is easily noticeable. It could be in your purse, or you may have it handy in the car. Keep in in a place that you will see, before you head over to the grocery store to buy your week’s plant-based consumer goods and produce.
No More Single Use Plastic
Plastic pollution is strangling the turtles and our rivers. This is exactly why countries in the European Union and countries like Canada have pledged towards banning the use of single-use plastics. To put things into perspective, close to 1 million plastic bottles are purchased all over the world, every minute! Every year the amount of plastics that is produced in the world is greater than the collective weight of the entire human race. Where does all this plastic go? We know that plastic is non-biodegradable!
Drop the act of getting plastic bags, and instead switch to using jute bags. Even if you are at a store and you don’t have a bag on you, get a paper one. Even if they charge you 50 cents, it is better spent on lessening the plastic use.
Buy In Bulk
This is the smart thing to do. Packaging is needed for most of the articles. By buying the quantities in bulk, you are lowering the packaging that is being used and also lowers the load on your wallet- packaging is included in the price of the product. Plan beforehand what it is that you want for your plant-based food preparation.
The best foods that you can buy in bulk are generally the ones that won’t go bad quickly. For example, things like oats, dry beans, seeds, rice and nuts can be bought in large quantities and be stored in a glass jar- this is a better alternative to plastic containers.
Get The Ugly
Fruits and vegetable produce doesn’t need to look ‘pretty’. Most of the organic and pesticide-free produce have stains, marks, uneven color- or what we call ugly characteristics. If they look ugly, then that is a good sign that the produce hasn’t been fiddled around with a lot. Do you think shiny apples are better than the dull-looking ones? The shine is because of wax that they apply, so as to make it visually appealing to customers.
These misfits are often stored in special bins in the supermarkets and you can get them for a bargain since the demand for them is low. They taste just as good as the regular ‘pretty’ produce minus the pesticides. In essence, you are paying extra for it looking pretty and being rich with pesticides.
These don’t go to waste as a result. Even if they are not appealing enough to be served on a plate, you can go ahead and make smoothies or soups with them.
Go To The Farmer’s Market
Shopping local is a way to green up the earth and also support the local farmers, and the local economy. Since the produce is being bought locally, the burden on shipping and transportation of foods from other parts of the world is reduced. If you want to make a lasting change in a very small step-then shop locally.
Go Organic When Possible
Organic food takes sustainability to the next level because the farmers are producing high quality foods and maintaining the health of the soil. These organic foods are grown without adding any chemicals when compared to their conventionally grown counterparts. These chemicals are absorbed by the soil, which is then absorbed by the produce. Essentially, we are consuming the chemicals and this in the long-term is responsible for a plethora of health ailments.
If going completely organic seems like a step too far, too sudden, then you can start by buying just a small part of your weekly food requirements in the organic form.