19 ways to green your groceries

19 ways to green your groceries

This is the fifth instalment of my Easy Green series over on Childhood 101.

Every time we spend money on food and other essentials, we make a choice about the world we want to live in. We can choose to reduce waste and to support resourcefulness, we can choose people over corporations and long-term health over short-term gain. Here are some ideas on how to turn boring old grocery shopping into something that supports a healthy planet, stronger communities and a more sustainable future for our children.

1. Shop in independent stores. Visit the butcher, the baker and the greengrocer.

2. Source fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs from local suppliers to reduce food miles and ensure a better deal for farmers. Visit markets, buy from the farm gate or look online for suppliers.

3. Check all boxed or packaged foods and buy those made in your country or, better still, your state!

4. Find a veggie box-delivery scheme or search for “community supported agriculture” in your area.

5. Keep an eye out for locally produced jams, sauces, curry pastes, sweet treats, cleaning products and more.

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  1. Susan says

    Nice one. I recently found a local organic fruit & veg company that is online and delivers. Called The Organic Scarecrow (they get their stuff from local organic markets). It’s great though and not expensive, and I love that there are often items in there that I wouldn’t normally buy, and so it forces me outside of my comfort zone to try more recipes and have more variety in our lives! I’ve got a good place to get sausages too (no chemicals), but need to find a good butcher…
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    • (dt)em says

      Sounds great, Suz! I love getting random stuff, it definitely pushes you to try new things. And if I don’t know what to do with it, I chop it up small and hide it in the kids’ dinner!

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