3. Produce and Tote Bags

When you go to the supermarket for your weekly grocery shop, bring produce and tote bags to avoid using the one-time use plastic bags. Those single use bags contribute to the approximately 500 million plastic bags used annually and one million plus bags used every minute. If you forget your produce and/or tote bags at home, don’t worry! You can always just throw your fruits and vegetables into your cart loose. And remember to stock up on package-free, healthy snacks. Bananas, apples, and oranges are great snack options for both kids and adults and they have natural packaging protecting them.

4. Buy in Bulk

This is where your kids can find the fun in "going green.” Buying in bulk offers a package free way to stock up on staples. Bulk sections of supermarkets typically have nuts, granola, cereals, grains, dried fruit, and chocolate—the perfect items to make a killer snack mix. Have your kids pick out their favorite fruit, nuts, and granola and fill up your own containers/bags with those items. Then head to the kitchen to have them create their own personalized snack mix! Portion the mix out into your reusable containers. This is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen making green and healthy snacks to enjoy throughout the week.

5. Take Action

Many popular snacks for kids and adults are packaged in one-time use plastic. I cannot deny that this makes snacking and packing lunch more convenient. However, there are more ecofriendly packaging options that companies can use. How can you motivate companies to improve their packaging and environmental impact? ACT! Email your favorite companies to ask about their packaging and practices. Ask if they are considering package improvements and selling their products in bulk. The more the companies hear that consumers want ecofriendly practices, the more motivated they will be to make positive changes!

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