From addressing waste to sustainable sourcing, our work is never done. We believe that small steps make a big difference and that together we can make a positive impact on our planet. Whether you are a Green Guru or a Natural-Lifestyle Newbie, below are some tips and resources that can help you with your everyday green routine. Whether you’re addressing food, packaging or household habits, think “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” and you’re on your way to reducing your impact on the environment.
- Reduce: As our population grows on the planet, the need to be mindful of our resources increases. Our natural resources are finite. Making an effort to reduce our environmental impact today, helps to preserve our natural resources for tomorrow. For instance, to produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down. (source: Recycling Revolution) By switching to online versions of your regular news, you could make a significant impact on natural resources and trash. Almost all companies these days have an online option for news, including Lucky’s Market! Did you know that you can sign up for our weekly sales flyer to be emailed right to your inbox? Also, don’t forget to remove your address from the junk mail list. Here’s a site we like to use from our friends over at Eco-Cycle. http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail
- Re-use: Single-use items could be a thing of the past. There are many ways to re-use a variety of items in all aspects of your life. In the kitchen, try using re-usable cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towels, just like your grandma’s grandma used to! And re-use glass jars as vases, drinking glasses, for leftovers, or to pack a salad for lunch. Check out these awesome ideas from Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/diy-repurpose-old-kitchen-stuff/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic. Of course, then there is secondhand shopping. Find awesome clothes, books, household goods and furniture, and in doing so help reduce the number of items going to the landfill, not to mention the need for raw materials to make new items. Oh, and don’t forget to bring them a full bag of your unwanted, gently-used items, to keep the cycle going.
- Recycle: Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills, saves energy and limits pollution as we cut back on the need for using additional raw materials, and the process behind recycling creates more jobs than the business of disposal. (Source: Eco-Cycle http://www.ecocycle.org/zerowaste/jobs). Plastics, metal, glass, cardboard, and paper can all be recycled. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only about 9% of plastics were recycled in 2015. Looks like we have some room to grow in this category, for sure. Check your local municipality guidelines for recycling program details. There’s a lot to like about recycling. But don’t stop there! Composting is another way to recycle, except instead of stuff, you’re recycling organic matter.
- Check out our composting page to learn how to get started.
Tips to go Green:
- Eat green(er), to be green. It’s true, growing and eating vegetables has less of an environmental impact than eating meat. The Water Footprint Calculator shows that it takes 674 gallons of water to produce a 6-ounce serving of steak (beef), versus only 21 gallons of water to produce 1 serving of salad that including tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers. (Source: https://www.watercalculator.org/water-use/water-in-your-food/foods-big-water-footprint) Not to mention farmland used for dairy and meat production is responsible for approximately 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. So, any change in your eating habits towards a more plant-based diet can have a positive impact on the environment.
- Local and Organic. Check the labels for products that are produced locally and/or certified organic. Supporting your local producers is a great way to boost your local economy, support your community entrepreneurs, and reduce the mileage your food sees from farm to plate. Supporting organic practices ensures that products will continue to be made with the following key points in mind: free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering.
- Keep an eye on packaging. Evaluate your packaging options. Opt for glass jars, cans or cardboard packaging, which can easily be recycled over plastics. Buy in bulk whenever possible and be sure to bring your own bags and containers wherever you shop. While you’re at it, try keeping a re-usable water bottle and your own coffee mug on hand. Every little bit counts.
- DIY. Whether you opt to make homemade cleaning products (think baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar), bath products with a mix of salts and essential oils, or personal care items with that coconut oil you have in the fridge, there are so many DIY options that not only will give you the satisfaction of making something, they eliminate extra packaging and unnecessary preservatives, chemicals and toxins. Try these DIY cleaning recipes to get you started: https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning
- Bike more. If you live in a bike friendly area, try using your bike more for those quick, close-to-home trips or to bike to work.
- Carpool or use public transport. When possible drive your child’s teammate home from practice or offer to drive a colleague to that meeting offsite. Maybe you’ll even get to use the carpool lane and pass the backed-up traffic. Also, instead of paying for parking at the next event you attend, take the bus or train over to the venue… a double savings!