DO YOUR PART: TOP FIVE SMARTER GROCERY STORE SWAPS MEAN
SAVINGS FOR YOU & THE ENVIRONMENT
(Adapted from RIS post: Today’s Home Spun Wisdom) by Terri Bennett
You can make everyday choices when you shop that will benefit you, your family AND the environment. Keep these top five green choices in mind:
1. BE A “LOCAVORE” & BUY LOCAL PRODUCE: When looking for fresh produce, zero in on whatever is in season & is locally grown. It hasn’t travelled as far, and is fresher. Your local farmers will thank you!
2. BUY “GREEN” CLEANERS & OTHER HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS: Avoid cleaners that use volatile organic compounds, as they “vaporize” pollution into your home atmosphere. Better, more natural choices are white vinegar to disinfect and baking soda to scrub…or seek out store-bought products that are phosphate free, fragrance-free & biodegradable.
3. CHOOSE ALUMINUM BEVERAGE CANS: Aluminum is among the most valuable of recyclable materials ~ it can be easily turned into new containers in as little as 90 days!
4. CHOOSE RECYCLED PRODUCTS: Paper products made from recycled material uses 40% less energy & water being manufactured, which in turn creates less air, land & water pollution. Paper towels & napkins cannot be recycled due to food residue, but we can at least buy ones made from recycled materials.
5. USE YOUR REUSABLE BAGS: You can take them back to the store and to the recycle bins our local grocery stores provide, or put them to use as small trash can liners. The Transylvania County Library will also take some off you hands ~ they use them as carry-alls for books checked out, especially on rainy days.
written by CFR’s Lisa Caulder