We all want to save the planet, and at Good Earth we aim to take a holistic approach.
Eating organic is #1, but another way to heal our planet is to produce less waste.
Here are a few ideas to help you reduce food, packaging, and energy waste while shopping our store.
Shop in Bulk:
You can buy as little or as much as you’d like in our bulk sections, including organic grains, beans, olives, herbs and spices, tea, miso, honey, oils, and more. When you buy in bulk you can eliminate most of the packaging, as well as save money.
Bring your own containers or bags:
Use reusable containers and bags for bulk and produce purchases and to carry your groceries. We offer a 5 cent credit for every reusable container/bag you bring from home! If you forget your own container, we sell glass mason jars, bottles, a multitude of cotton drawstring bags and PLA corn plastic containers.
Use “for here” glasses, plates, bowls, and utensils:
Did you know we offer a .25 cent discount for bringing your own cup to our cafe? Also, we offer glass plates, bowls and silverware when you eat here.
Locally made products require less transportation to get to our store. To make shopping local easier, our labeling key includes a local icon to help you select items that were produced within a 100 mile radius of the store.
Carefully Consider Packaging:
When buying pre-packaged goods, look for items that can be easily reused like glass soup containers or milk bottles. As an example, small jam jars can be repurposed as spice containers and refilled in our bulk herb department.
Try to avoid convenience packaged items whenever possible. Pre-washed salad mixes in bags or clamshells, single-use water bottles and individually wrapped cheese slices create unnecessary waste and are usually packaged in plastic.
Weigh your alternatives and try to make the most sustainable choice. For instance, if you usually use liquid body wash packaged in plastic, consider switching to bar soap with a biodegradable paper sleeve.
Plan meals strategically, buy only what you need, and eat leftovers:
31 – 40% of the food we buy is thrown away each year. As you plan your family’s meals, consider how ingredients from one meal can form the building blocks of another. Revamp your organic leftovers, and try to use everything when you cook. Last night’s roasted chicken and vegetables can be easily transformed into tomorrow night’s chicken soup. Take inventory before you shop and come to the store with a list to cut down on unnecessary purchases.
To learn more about living a reduced waste lifestyle, join Molly de Vries every 1st Tuesday of the month, on her Waste Reduction Tours in our Mill Valley store.