Environmentally Friendly Grocery Shopping for Your Gainesville Apartment

Many people don’t realize just how much their grocery shopping contributes to their environmental impact. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, changing how you buy food is one of the best ways to start.

Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you make eco-friendly choices when you go grocery shopping:

  • All the packaging your food comes in will eventually end up in a landfill, so it’s important to choose products packaged in eco-friendly materials. For example, most cardboard boxes can be recycled while the shrink wrap, foil, and plastics in many packages cannot. It’s also smart to choose products that use less packaging in general to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Buying in bulk also may reduce packaging; for example, a 200-ounce bottle of laundry detergent probably has less packaging per ounce than a 20-ounce bottle.
  • Purchasing reusable cloth grocery bags eliminates your need for the environmentally damaging plastic bags that are commonly offered in most grocery stores.
  • Organic may not always mean environmentally friendly, since some “organic” fertilizers produce more greenhouse gasses than modern phosphate fertilizers.
  • Meat is probably one of the least eco-friendly products due to the land that’s cleared for pastures and the methane produced by large animal herds. The less meat you buy, the lower your grocery bill’s environmental impact will be.

Choosing sustainable products while grocery shopping is just one of the many ways you can live a “greener” life at your Gainesville apartment. For more tips on apartment life, read the other articles here on Bellamay Grand’s website. And to learn more about on joining our luxury apartment community, contact our main office today.

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