Recent Climate Assessments released by both the United Nations and the United States Federal Government underscore the need for drastic climate action.
As we look to adopt healthier habits in the New Year, there are a number of actions we can take to better care for our planet. Here are some of our favorite planet-friendly resolutions.
Buying organic products is beneficial for the environment in a number of ways. Organic agriculture protects pollinators from toxic chemical pesticides, prevents soil erosion, preserves water quality, sustains biodiversity and uses fewer fossil fuels than conventional agriculture. Additionally, recent studies have shown that organic agriculture sequesters far more carbon in the soil than conventional agriculture, making it a viable solution to slowing climate change.
Buy in Bulk
Shopping in the Bulk department dramatically reduces packaging waste, and bulk products often require less overall travel before reaching our store than their packaged counterparts. Our Organic Bulk department is a great place to find a diverse selection of items including grains, beans, nut butters, oils, honey, herbs, miso and more. Good Earth also offers a selection of non-food items in bulk, such as home cleaning supplies and Body Care.
Say No to Single Use
The average American creates 4.4 pounds of waste per day, and much of it comes from the single-use items we buy. Consider investing in reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and utensils. If you’re dining at Good Earth, we offer reusable glass plates, bowls and silverware. Use reusable containers and bags for bulk and produce purchases and reusable bags to carry your groceries.
Revamp Your Recycling Habits
While recycling is a better option than sending items to the landfill, if it’s not done correctly, it can be incredibly problematic. Many haulers report that contamination in the recycling stream is on the rise. Contamination occurs when items like soiled take-out coffee cups or plastic containers with food residue are thrown into the recycling bin. Contamination leads to otherwise recyclable items ending up in the landfill. Additionally, it is a threat to worker safety and can create added costs for processing facilities. When recycling, be sure to fully rinse items of all food residue, and check with your local hauler to ensure that you’re recycling in accordance with their guidelines.
Rethink Your Wardrobe
In today’s world of fast fashion, low-cost garments are manufactured at a staggering rate using chemically intensive agriculture and production methods. These garments are only meant to last one season, and often end up in the landfill. Look for opportunities to keep clothing out of landfills like swapping, buying used, repairing or upcycling, and whenever possible, seek out items made from sustainable fibers like organic cotton.