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Going Green: Earth Day Tips for Your Next Grocery Trip

This post has been sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd. All opinions are 100% our own!
  

Since 1970, Earth Day (April 22) has inspired generations to work towards preserving our planet. And while making an entire household “green” can feel overwhelming, you can take baby steps simply with your next grocery store visit. Here are 6 ways I can encourage you to “Go Green” this Earth Day:  

Choose Where to Spend Money

Shop in stores that demonstrate care for the planet. How do you know this is part of their mission? Go online to read their policies regarding company practices and foods sources. On their responsible retailing page Sprouts Farmers Market states, “We look to partner with suppliers that align with our culture of valuing environmental systems, respecting human rights, and protecting animal welfare. We encourage our suppliers to advance responsible sourcing practices and hold them to high standards.”

Menu Plan With Leftovers

Instead of tossing leftovers in the trash, consider recipes that can be made into new meals. Not only are you reducing waste, you’re saving time. One of the simplest meals my toddler loves (currently) are pancake sandwiches, which means two pancakes from yesterday’s breakfast with almond butter spread in the middle. 

Buy Bulk 

Consumers can save an average of 89 percent by purchasing organic bulk foods versus packaged. Besides being kind to your wallet, buying bulk also reduces the amount of product packaging going into landfills. A great way to store bulk food is to reuse empty containers of non-bulk foods like glass pasta sauce and applesauce jars. Never shopped bulk before? Sprouts Farmers Market was kind enough to put together a how-to video you can watch hereSproutsEarth

Embrace Cloth

Yes… paper towels make things easier (I am guilty of this convenience), but consider how many you throw away each meal, cleaning the kitchen, etc. It all has to go somewhere. Treat yourself this weekend to cloth napkins and dishtowels. If paper towels are necessary, purchase those made with recycled paper

Invest In Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Besides the immeasurable waste plastic bottles create, have you ever noticed a strange taste when sipping from one heated by the sun? That means chemicals in the plastic have leached into your water. Not good. Consider purchasing either glass or stainless steel water bottles. And remember water fountains when out and about, both for drinking and refilling. And if you absolutely have to use plastic bottles for an event, set up a recycling bin for guests (BTW The Atlantic has this post on what happens to recycled bottles). 

bottles-774466_1280Bring Your Own Bag

Seriously, it makes a difference. During a recent big box store checkout, I noticed the cashier was placing only one to two items in each plastic bag. At the rate he was going my bag collection was enough to make a parachute. If I had remembered my own bags, this wouldn’t have happened. And using canvas bags means they can be washed when an inevitable spill occurs. Also, if you want to cut down on plastic bags even more, consider investing in reusable produce bags.

To encourage you shop “Earth Friendly,” Sprouts Farmers Market is giving 1 reader a chance to win a $25 Gift Card to use at any Sprouts location! To enter, simply leave a comment below with why you love to shop at Sprouts Farmers Market and we’ll select 1 winner next Friday, April 29 at 12pm CST. Good Luck! 

To learn more about Sprouts Farmers Market, visit their website OR on Facebook to find coupons, weekly fliers, and recipes!

Do you have tips for Earth friendly grocery shopping?  Please share below! 

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51 Responses to Going Green: Earth Day Tips for Your Next Grocery Trip

  1. Stephanie April 23, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    I LOVE shopping At Sprouts because they make it affordable to be green and provide healthy choices for my family!

  2. Melanie B April 23, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    Sprouts is my favorite place to shop in bulk! Other stores have way too many items that I never use and have to sift through to find what I want, making shopping trips with a little one much longer.

  3. Jen Bachman April 23, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    I love that it is close to my home and environmentally conscious. We just moved here from Minnesota and don’t have anything like it up there!

  4. Christina R. April 23, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    I LOVE to shop at Sprouts! I go to the one on Marsh and Forest and they have everything I need to keep my family healthy. I depend on them for their great fresh produce, the bulk bins for snacks, organic spices, vitamins/supplements, and much more!

  5. Valerie April 23, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Love Sprouts!

  6. Michelle Jones April 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Love the small-market feel of Sprouts. It’s my weekly stop for fresh produce and meat without the hassle of shopping at a mega store! And, definitely the best prices in town for produce 🙂

  7. Stephany April 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Sprouts is great!

  8. Amy April 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Love the great prices on produce!

  9. Lindsay April 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    I love shopping at sprouts because of the good quality, great prices, friendly people, and I feel better spending my money there to support local business. The way it is set up & organized makes it more enjoyable to shop than regular grocery stores! I’m so glad I live near one to shop at.

  10. Crystal April 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    We love the selection and variety as well as buying without packaging!

  11. Darien McGuire April 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    We love Sprouts! I’m really looking forward to when they add a location in Lake Highlands.

    We also switched to using only cloth “paper” towels about 4 years ago. Now it drives me nuts to use paper, lol. Cloth us so much more effective and easier & you just pop them in the washing machine. I can’t imagine how many paper towels we would be going through each day with two kiddos.

  12. Meredith April 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    I love Sprouts for the weekly specials, wide selection, and great environment.

  13. Stephani Rogers April 24, 2016 at 5:05 am #

    Sprouts is close by so very convenient and it’s always super clean with super friendly cashiers! Love sprouts!

  14. Amelia de la paz April 24, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    I have not shopped at sprout, very curious to shop there!

  15. Lindsay B April 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    I love shopping at Sprouts because of their sales!

  16. Jenny S. April 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    Sprouts is my favorite store. I can find natural ingredients for my family and love the choices offered here!

  17. Jeremy D. April 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    I love shopping at Sprouts. The prices are great and I absolutely love the produce as well as the great selection of meats. Sprouts is my go to store!

  18. Amy C April 25, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    I love sprouts, we go their weekly and my kids love picking out fruit and the meat prices are awesome!

  19. Dawn April 25, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Sprouts has great meats & produce !

  20. Cereida DeMent April 25, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    I love that there is a new sprouts in Rowlett, literally down the street from us. We’ve decided to cut out gluten and dairy to help with our children’s eczema, bowel issues and sensory/hyper activity. So glad we can find what we need at sprouts to make shopping easier & convenient for our family ?

  21. Jahna B. April 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Sprouts is our first choice for groceries, as I can trust most of the products to contain fewer additives and artificial ingredients. They have great sales, and I love their vitamin extravaganzas for essential oils and probiotics savings!

  22. Amanda Cates April 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    I love sprouts for meat, cheese and wine and also fun snacks I wouldn’t usually think of for my kids! I also love their double ad day!

  23. Jen M. April 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    I LOVE shopping at Sprouts! I love the small market feel and how affordable the produce is. It allows us to provide different options for our family!

  24. Pam C. April 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    We love their location, fresh produce and great sales!

  25. Maggie Bell April 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    I love their fresh and affordable produce!

  26. Vanessa Valdez-Garcia April 25, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I love shopping at Sprouts for bulk items ans spices.

  27. Kristi Kerby April 26, 2016 at 12:12 am #

    Sprouts is my favorite because they seriously have the best produce section. I love the bulk item selections. I love the raw and fermented foods. I love the vitamins and beauty section too. It’s one stop shopping for this busy momma. My little sprout even loves it there.

  28. Hannah Mendoza April 26, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    Love the fresh produce and organic selections!

  29. Sarah Struck April 26, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    I love Sprouts selection of fresh fruit and veggies!

  30. Yashira April 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    I love sprouts because fruits always taste better and they last longer fresh. And ofcourse I love double Wednesdays

  31. Kerry d April 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Sprouts is great to shop at- close to our house, affordable, and have a great variety of organic stuff. Not to mention they are always so helpful and friendly.

  32. Gena Hudson April 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Love the variety and the amazing prices!!

  33. Amy Forse April 27, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Sprouts has the best produce and fantastic deals. Love their coffee too!

  34. Sara April 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

    I love the great produce, unique items and great healthy choices

  35. Sarah April 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Sprouts has great, healthy products our family loves!

  36. Martina April 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Shopping at Sprouts supports local produce growers, the prices are terrific and the selection is amazing.

  37. Rachel Kummerfeld April 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Those are great tips!! I really love shopping at Sprouts!!

  38. Angela t April 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    I love the bulk items at sprouts. My favorite place to buy that kind of stuff. Nuts, trail mix fixing, dried fruit. They have the best selection and the price is right!

  39. Olivia L Bradley April 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Why do I love to shop at Sprouts Farmers Market? Let me count the ways…1. I absolutely love, love, love the variety! 2. The selection of organic drinks is amazeballs. 3. The beauty products ( and health) 4. The one in Cedar Hills is not too big or overwhelming 5 The people -workers and customers alike…the list goes on, need I say more?

  40. Felicha Garduno April 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    I love shopping at Sprouts because they have a wide variety of things I like.. I love the fresh produce and prices are great!

  41. Sarah M April 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Best produce!

  42. Amy April 28, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. I love to shop @ Sprout’s bc it has so many things other places don’t have, & it’s a fun place, w/ lots of goodies.

  43. Keri April 28, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    I love Sprouts for so many reasons! Great products, great prices, and a great atmosphere! The employees are so friendly and helpful, and they even play good music! The day one opened 5 minutes from my house instead of the 30 we were driving previously was a very happy day!

  44. Mallory Cislo April 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve never been but can’t wait to check it out in Lake Highlands!

  45. Nicole cabaniss April 28, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Sprouts is the only place I shop for me and my 3 children. I can buy fresh organic foods for cheaper than any other grocery store . I don’t have to worry about where my food came from. I love the prepared meals, their store brand items especially the almond vanilla milk and their chocolate chip cookies are amazing!!! I get their ads in the mail and plan my shopping for the week. Sprouts is the only place to shop for us!!! =)

  46. NIKKI D April 28, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    The best place to shop for groceries. I love their prices . Please pick me!!! I’m a single mom and this would help a lot.

  47. Julie April 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    Our family LOVES Sprouts & are excited about the new one being built closer to our home!

  48. Sharon April 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    I love to shop at Sprouts because it’s the nearest store to our house and has fresh veggies and fruits all the time! Helps our family eat healthy

  49. Steph w April 29, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    Never shopped there but I’d love to give it a try!

  50. Sofie April 29, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    Fresh produce & great prices!

  51. Elizabeth April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    I love Sprouts because the produce is always fresh and I know the meats are quality meets.

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