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BLANCO Design Council member Andie Day, www.andieday.com/blog offers some great tips to make everyday Earth Day.
With so many ways to take a stance in saving the planet, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Why not begin with what you bring to your kitchen and dining table? From eating in season to making your own baby food, below you’ll find a few easy ways to get started on your planet-saving mission.
Eat In Season
With so much produce available year round, it can be tough not to pick up a few delicious tomatoes in the winter without giving it a second thought. However, if you want to take a planet-saving stance, eating in season is a good place to start. In season fruits and vegetables travel less, are stored less and require fewer resources to make it to your table. Another, plus is they are cheaper and fresher than their out of season counterparts.
Shop Farms, Farmer’s Markets and Co-Ops
Eating locally and in season is easier when you shop farms and farmers markets in your area. Besides supporting the agriculture of you area, you’ll be able to find out how the food is grown such as: what type of fertilizers were used; what, if any, pesticides were applied; and what efforts the grower makes to keep their own footprint on the earth as small as possible. Armed with this information, you can buy from only those whose green values match your own. A big plus to shopping farms and farm co-ops is the chance to have fresh, recently harvested produce to your door step.
Green Shopping Bags
While paper shopping bags seem to be a thing of the past in many grocery stores, most grocery stores now sell fabric shopping bags for a small price. These bags can be used time and again to tote groceries from store to home all the while saving the planet one plastic bag at a time. Could create give-a-way with this in mind.
Healthy Food Prep Appliances
Today, the market is flooded with food prep products that aid in creating meals with the least amount of effort. And some of these handy products make taking care of the environment so much easier too. Products like the Beaba Baby Food Maker from Williams Sonoma helps you prepare fresh baby food and fill baby’s tummy without filling landfills with packaging waste from store bought baby foods.