1. Use reusable grocery bags – This seems like a simple idea but we still have to remember to bring the bags with us.
2. Look for products with minimal or recyclable packaging – When purchasing an item, take the packaging into consideration. No packaging is best but if packaging is unavoidable, choose items that have the recycle symbol code 1 or 2 as these are accepted by the Mower County Recycling Center.
3. Purchase a reusable water bottle – Plastic water bottles contribute a large amount waste each year. Consider purchasing a reusable water bottle to help prevent unnecessary usage of packaging materials.
4. Choose local produce – By purchasing items that are grown locally by area farmers, you are not only supporting the local economy, you are also reducing the use of gas to transport products across the country.
5. Choose vegetarian meals more often – Meat is one of the most expensive and environmentally taxing food items to manufacture. Support a heart healthy diet by choosing vegetarian meals more often to help balance the cost of meat production.
6. Know the endangered fish – When choosing fish, be sure to choose ones that are not at risk for
extinction. (Check out the Sustainable Seafood for the best eco-friendly options.)
7. Choose other excellent sources of calcium – Milk and cheese production is linked to high rates of
greenhouse gas emissions. Give the atmosphere a break and choose other calcium rich food sources.
8. Choose cloth napkins, real plates, bowls and utensils – Avoid throwing away paper and plastic products by using washable serving items.
9. Try composting – Composting is a great way to turn leftovers into nutrient-dense fertilizer for your
10. Offer planned-overs –When we consider how much energy it takes to cook a meal, we can reduce this usage by making a one or two double batches each week and have leftovers or planned-overs.
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