Being green starts at home. And it continues on the street, in your car and at the store. The way you shop can have a huge impact on the environment. It is worth it to make your trip to the grocery store as green as possible, as that can change your entire family’s carbon footprint. Here are a few tips to make grocery shopping as eco-friendly as possible.

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Get a reusable bag

This one is pretty obvious, but essential. A good tote bag made out of a resistant fabric and with a hard bottom is priceless. Disposable bags do nothing but fill up landfills, even if they are paper and not plastic. Besides, a big reusable bag is much more convenient, as it will probably fit all of your groceries and you can hang it on your shoulder. Say goodbye to pained fingers trying to hold up the weight of multiple plastic bags. And you’ll be able to carry everything in one trip too! If you are prone to forgetting your reusable bag, there are some that old up into a nice little pocket that you can keep in your purse. Or even as a keychain!

Pay attention to the packaging

Whenever possible, say no to goods packaged in plastic or non-recyclable materials. Nowadays, more and more companies are promoting responsible packaging, so take advantage of that. If you absolutely need to buy products that come in plastic packaging, look for brands that made their containers at least with partially recycled materials. Paper and glass are always preferred, of course. If you are buying dry goods, try to do so in bulk, as that means less individual packages that you will go through.

Look for USDA-certified organic products

Organic produce is made using no toxic pesticides and with responsible farming practices. This means that your family will get better quality goods that do not have toxic substances. Besides, you will not support companies and production practices that contribute to the pollution of our water sources and the reduction of biodiversity. While you are at it, try to get goods that are non-GMO verified. Natural and fresh is always best.

Whenever possible, reduce, reuse and recycle

When shopping, less is always more. Always be on the lookout for ways to reduce your spending and by extension your waste. For example, instead of buying bottled water, get yourself a sturdy stainless steel water bottle and keep it filled. Instead of buying disposable batteries, get yourself a reusable set. If you can buy in bulk and store the food safely in your home, do so. If you find products made out of recycled materials, choose them above other brands.