Environmentally Friendly Grocery Shopping || Bag Guide

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I became hyper aware of my use of single-use plastic (aka you only use it one time) when I started to change my health habits to a toxic free lifestyle. I’ve always cared about the environment but within the last 8 months I’ve attempted to not only step up my commitment to care for myself but for the environment at large.

In case you’re wondering if it matters, let’s look at some shocking facts and I hope we’ll all soon realize it is really important.

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.

  1. It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile.

  2. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.

  3. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.

  4. Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.

    *see more here

So what can we do about this? Turns out, quite a bit. To take it in bite sized steps, we’ll start with just the grocery store.

These two swaps have made a HUGE change in my plastic usage.

  1. Reusable produce bags

I realized how much plastic I was wasting with those annoying plastic bags you have to rip off each time you need to put an apple or garlic bulb in the bag. These bags are washable and can be used for jewelry, clothes, toiletries, or anything else you want to cram in there. Get these and throw them in your trunk or bag for shopping so you don’t forget them! These have been such a game changer.

2. Reusable shipping bags

So if you don’t have reusable shopping bags yet, I have no clue what you’re doing. But grab this cute lemon one to throw in your groceries and anything else you want. Put your reusable produce bags in here and you’re ready to go shopping!

Becoming more conscious of our choices is the first step toward making an impact on the environment. Of course, we then have to act. But take it one step at a time and create changes that truly stick.

Everything you do matters. Even your trip to the grocery store.

Share with us your favorite sustainable habits in the comments!

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