Over the past year or so, the foods I have in my kitchen have changed dramatically. My pantry used to be full of sugar and baking supplies, my freezer full of quick and “healthy” meals, and my refrigerator full of diet soda. Andrew and I have given it a total overhaul (some of which can be seen here) but we are still looking to make our kitchen better, by working on purchasing healthier foods and being more earth friendly.
Since we are moving into a new place, we figured that there’d be no better time to make some positive changes in how we grocery shop and what we purchase.
First of all, we’re looking to change how we shop. We’ve decided to try purchasing grass-fed meat purchased from a local, family-run farm as part of a meat share. Not only is this better for us, it’s better for the environment. We’ll continue to purchase our chicken from Whole Foods or our local co-op. We’re also looking for a place to get reasonably priced cage free eggs (any local folks want to chime in?).
Next, we’re trying to reduce our trips to the store. We got a Costco membership last week and we plan to use it to purchase household items (garbage bags, paper towels, etc.) monthly, as well as frozen veggies, some meat, and other items we don’t need to shop for weekly. We’re hoping this will cut down on the number of trips to the store we make in a week, as well as save money.
We’re also planning on using the farmer’s market for produce. Typically, we go to the store with a really specific list of veggies and fruits we’re hoping to purchase, and sadly, much of it gets thrown out. I’m hoping that by going to the farmer’s market once a week, we’ll be able to purchase a more reasonable amount of produce, as well as eat seasonally, support local farmers and get more organic fruits and veggies for less. Of course, I’m a realist and totally understand that we’ll have to go to the store occasionally, but since both Andrew and I hit the store 2-3 times per week for random crap, we’re hoping this will make things a little better, as well as save us some money.
And as for the going green stuff, I’ve got some lofty goals there, too. First, we’re going to stop buying spices in plastic bottles, and switch over to purchasing them in bulk and storing them in jars. I’m excited because it’s pretty and also because I think buying in bulk makes much more sense. Our local food co-op has every spice one can imagine ready for purchase, and I am excited to take advantage of this.
We’ve also got the privilege of using our new landlords composter! I’ve wanted to compost for years—my grandparents had a composter when I was a little girl, and now that I’m gardening, I’m excited to have a way to use the compost. We’ll be working on being better at recycling, and using most of our waste in the composter. I’m sad to admit that this will be a major change for our household.
Finally, I’m hoping to change our cleaning products into either homemade cleaners or purchase more Method and Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. Do you have any green cleaning tips? Recipes for making effective, yet earth-friendly cleansers?
I’m really excited about making these changes. Moving always feels like a fresh start, and it feels even more excited to have some household goals and changes to be committed to.
How do you grocery shop and cook healthfully and while saving money? Any “green” tips I should try?