Choose Seasonal, Local, and Organic Foods
California has an abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables, making it possible to eat seasonally. Many grocery store chains have dedicated sections for local goods, but visiting your neighborhood farmers market is a more direct way to support farmers and eat hyper-seasonal, organic ingredients. Since the produce doesn’t have to travel very far from the farm to your table, the carbon emissions associated with it are much lower, too.
If you don’t live close to a farmers market, many farms offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes that can be mailed straight to your door, so you can still support locally owned farms.
Ditch The Plastic
I know, this is a big one. Plastic has infiltrated our entire lives—bags, water bottles, takeout containers, and protective wrapping are made of it—but ditching plastic is one of the easiest ways to make a change. You don’t have to give up all plastic to lower your impact; simply increasing your awareness of your plastic usage is a great first step.
You may be wondering, Why is this so important? Well, it typically takes a whopping 1,000 years for plastic to decompose in a landfill, and because most plastic items aren’t recycled, they end up in the ground. So, start making changes with some of these incredible products from Golden State brands:
- Swap single-use plastic baggies with multi-use alternatives from Emeryville’s Stasher bags.
- Replace single-use coffee cups with San Francisco’s Soma mugs.
- Trade out plastic water bottles with a glass bottle from San Francisco’s Bkr.
- Rethink plastic food containers and opt for Pleasanton’s MIRA Brands metal versions.
- Choose paper bags at the grocery store or—better yet—bring reusable bags.
When it comes to plastic, there are unlimited ways to decrease carbon footprint, so figure out what items you use most and make incremental changes to remove single-use plastics from your life.