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November 07, 2011

Green Your Grocery-Store Trip: Ditch the Car

Bicycle with basketThe eco-impact of trips to the grocery store can really add up. This week’s tips look at ways to go easy on the planet when it’s time to stock the fridge and pantry.

Tip #1: Walk or bike.

It may not be realistic for those living in rural areas, but for urbanites and suburbanites, walking, biking, or taking public transit to the market can be a good option. You'll be reducing both traffic congestion and its emissions. Make sure can bring your groceries home, though, whether by carrying them or bundling them on your bike. In other words, don’t buy too much stuff.

Tip #2: Stay in the produce aisles.

Tip #3: Think local. And seasonal.

Tip #4: Q: Paper or plastic? A: Neither.

Tell us: How do you make your trip to the market greener?

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