Co-op shoppers tend to be folks who are concerned about the environment and their impact upon it. Here are some ideas for both the conscious consumer and the budding environmentalist alike on how you can make your next stop at the co-op a little bit greener:

Find A Way To Get Here Without A Car

While many of us need to use our cars to get to the co-op, those who are able to find alternate ways of commuting can help make the environment and their bodies just that little bit healthier. If you’re fortunate to live close enough for walking to be an option, don’t miss out on an opportunity to get some fresh air while you grab your groceries. Participate in Davis’ bike culture by pedaling your way over. If you need to use a car to get here, see if you can start a carpool with family or friends!

Bring Something To Carry Your Groceries Home In

This might seem like a no-brainer to many, but always making sure to have something to tote your groceries home in goes beyond the bag that you use at the checkout counter. You avoid creating waste by bringing your own produce bags, using your own cloth bags in the bulk aisle, or by bringing a mason jar with you for your favorite freshly-ground nut butter. 

Shop In The Bulk Section

Not only can the bulk section save you from contributing more packaging waste to the environment, but it can also save you money at the checkout counter. Buying package-free products also helps you avoid the chemicals that lurk in plastic wrappings and can potentially sneak into your food.