Tenth in a Series
Here you’ll find a collection of things you should know when shopping for foods of all kinds that can turn your table into a more sustainable one.
81. Find fair trade coffee. This will help ensure that it has been handled with consideration for the workers and the environment.
82. Buy in bulk. Bulk foods use less packaging and can be cheaper, healthier and greener.
83. Drink boxed wine. While boxed wines have the reputation of being, well, awful, these days that simply isn’t the case. Many great wines are found in boxes, which are better for the environment as they are not as fragile as their bottled counterparts.
84. Look for other green alcohols. Wine, beer and other alcohols are all available in green or organic versions that can be found in just about any natural foods store.
85. Avoid additives. They claim to add flavor and keep food fresher, but they also fill your body with chemicals you simply don’t need.
86. Go for fresh every time. When you have the option to go for fresh foods, do it. They’re better for you.
87. Lite or non-fat isn’t always better. Often, these are code words for a chemical concoction that you would be better served by avoiding.
88. Buy the real deal. For instance, go for butter instead of margarine. Yes, it’s an animal product - but it can be better for the environment and your health when used in moderation. Of course, that also depends on the type of margarine, so do your research.
89. Cut back on sweets and snacks. These are often heavily processed, packaged and advertised. Make your own instead if you’re really craving something.
90. Get the whole-grain version. Most breads, pitas, tortillas and similar foods come in a whole grain version, so pick those up instead.
91. Take a look at beverages. Even purportedly healthy beverages can be less than healthy when you look at the label. Be careful about the liquids you buy as well.