Dear Partners in Green,

Another Earth Day has come and gone. And it is time to recommit ourselves to living as environmentally conscious as we can.  But it is so easy to fall into our old unsustainable ways, our old habits. So this month, I am suggesting we focus on the one thing most of us do week after week after week. And that is grocery shopping. Sometimes, we plan ahead and go in with our list prepared, and other times, we rush in, hoping to just as quickly rush out with perhaps our grocery list still resting on the kitchen counter.

So, this month I am suggesting we focus on mindful grocery shopping, that we may avoid the pitfalls that leave us with recycling bins filled with plastic, and regret that we are not as green as we wish to be or think ourselves to be.  

First, slowly list the items you plan to buy. Where are the plastic pitfalls: spinach in those plastic bins, plastic bags for those bananas, grapes, apples, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Week after week after week, month after month, year after year!

No wonder there is plastic in our lakes, rivers, food, and in ourselves. So, avoid plastic, shop on the side of the produce aisle which most closely resemble an old-fashioned market. And bring cloth shopping bags; sew them yourself or purchase them, and keep them in your car. And make a few extra to share with friends.

In the dairy section only buy milk in the cartons, or better still, in glass bottles; no plastic please. And rather than going to the bottled juice aisle, choose the frozen concentrate and add your own water.

And speak up. Say a word or two to the staff or management lamenting the fact there is so much plastic and few alternative options offered by the store.

Just by your actions you can be a model for other shoppers, for as we know, actions speak louder than words.

And when farmers markets are up and running with local produce head out with your reusable cloth shopping bags and load up on fresh produce.

It may seem mundane and so simple, but mindful green grocery shopping is a way we can really make a difference in the amount of plastic that our world is currently drowning in. 

Just consider the number of times each month, each year, you walk through the doors of a grocery store.  And consider the amount of plastic in your recycling bins and picture it floating in the ocean, because that is where it will someday be, for years beyond number. And that includes the plastic bags we toss into those recycling bins found in our grocery stores. There is simply too much plastic to ever be significantly recycled.  

But we can make a difference, and that may give us hope that the earth will be able to continue to sustain life as we learn to live in harmony with the natural world.


Wishing peace and health to you and your loved ones.

Thank you for being on this journey.

Till next time,