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10 Ways You Can Support the Planet Just by Grocery Shopping

You're right. Your choices at the grocery store matter, not just to the health of your family but the health of the planet. And every little thing helps. It can be as simple as remembering your reusable bags or choosing products that respect the planet — we make it easy. Here are 10 ways you can make a positive impact on the planet when you’re at the grocery store. 

1. Switch to organics

Organic agriculture prohibits toxic persistent pesticides to help prevent them from getting into our air, soil, water... and food! Choosing organic supports farmers and producers who believe in good health, quality food and earth-friendly agricultural practices.

2. Buy biodynamic products 

Biodynamic agriculture is an ecological approach that views farms as living organisms, with the goal for each farm to be a self-sustaining system. The health and well-being of the farm animals, the farmworkers, the farm and the earth are all viewed as integral parts that make up a whole ecosystem. Like organic farming, biodynamic farming does not permit GMOs, synthetic fertilizers or toxic persistent pesticides.

3. Shop and give back

Since 1993, our stores have hosted quarterly Community Giving Days (also called 5% Days) where five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to support nonprofit or educational organizations that align with our core values. On Thursday, April 19, 2018 more than half of our stores in the US and Canada will donate five percent of the day’s net sales to The Nature Conservancy. Check if your local store is donating to The Nature Conservancy or if they’ve designated another worthy partner focused on environmental stewardship to support. We estimate we will raise up to $2 million in support of local environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy — plan to shop on April 19! 

4. Choose sustainable seafood

Yes, you can make a difference at the seafood counter and help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply. All seafood — yes, every choice — from our seafood department is either Responsibly Farmed or sustainably caught, and we can trace all of them from farm or fishery to the store. 

5. Reduce food waste

Buying ingredients from our bulk bins not only means that you’re cutting back on packaging, it also allows you to buy only the amount you need. Bonus: Look for a new selection of buy-as-‭much-or-as-little-as-you-like nuts, dried fruit, candy, grind-your-own nut butters, grains, beans, trail mixes and more and new lower prices on select items too.‬‬

6. Improve lives with every purchase

Every Whole Trade® purchase funds community projects — such as schools and health clinics — determined by the farmworkers themselves. Keep your eyes out for the logo on a wide variety of everyday items from fresh fruit and coffee beans to chocolate bars and flowers.

7. Support responsible packaging

Look for products with minimal packaging, those that use recycled and/or recyclable materials and products with other packaging like Stonyfield multi-pack yogurt cups. In 2010, Stonyfield launched cups made from plants by replacing their polystyrene containers with plant-based plastics. 

8. Clean up your cleaning products

Look for botanical-based cleaning solutions like Seventh Generation sprays, surface wipes, laundry detergents, dish soaps and more, which are powered by plants and rooted in results. Tip: Save on a variety of Seventh Generation cleaning solutions through May 1*.

9. Buy recycled products

Buying new products made from recycled materials allows you to "close the loop," creating a market for the items recycled curbside or in other recycling programs. 

10. Bring a bag

This Earth Day marks the 10th anniversary of when we banned disposable plastic grocery bags at store checkout. When you bring your reusable bag, you save a paper bag, and you’ll get a little discount, too.
*Valid 4/4-5/1/18. While supplies last. U.S. only. Not available at 365 stores. No rain checks. Some exclusions apply.