10 Tips to Eat Sustainably and Save Money

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Sustainable eating can reduce your carbon footprint and support more ethical food systems. Plus, it can even save you money.

Eat locally

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Food grown close to home requires less transportation to reach you, cutting down on emissions and fossil fuel use. This cuts down on costs.

Eat seasonally

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Foods harvested in season tend to be at their peak of ripeness and taste — and they’re sometimes even higher in nutrients. Seasonal foods are also less expensive.

Eat your leftovers

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An excellent way to take action for the planet is to keep and eat your leftovers rather than throw them out. Eating leftovers prevent you from spending on new groceries.

Shop in bulk

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Purchasing dry goods in bulk cuts costs significantly, especially when it comes to more expensive items like nuts, dried fruits, or flours. Shopping in bulk can cut down on plastic usage too

Meal plan

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Creating a list prevents impulse buying. When you plan out your shopping, you don’t waste as much food. Food waste has major effects on the environment.

Buy a CSA share

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CSAs reduce farms’ food waste by getting their fruits and vegetables directly into your hands without the need for transportation or preservation.

Consider canning (and freezing and drying)

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Freezing, canning, and drying are all simple and accessible ways of preserving food at home.

Eat less meat (and more plants)

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Animal products contribute to excess greenhouse gases, water usage, and land degradation. Eating more plant foods over animal foods may save you money, help the environment, and boost your health.

Avoid ultra-processed foods

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Ultra-processed foods harm the environment because their numerous ingredients mean that their overall carbon footprint is quite large. Diets high in these foods are associated with obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers

Plant a garden

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One study found that home gardening may significantly reduce a household’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Grow their own food to reduce costs and relieve pressure on the industrial food system.