April 19, 2016 – We’re all about saving green… and not just what’s in your wallet. In honor of Earth Day, we’re showing you how the things we do every day in our stores make the world a little greener. And we’ll even leaf you with a few eco-friendly tips that can help you AND the planet (see what we did there?).
ALDI is the grocery store for real life. Sure, we do things a little differently to help save you green (the monetary kind), but some of our ways can save the other kind of green, too.
- Smaller Stores, Bigger Difference: Traditional grocery stores are big. ALDI stores are smaller. Less square footage means less of a carbon footprint.
- We Keep it Cool: ALDI refrigeration systems are equipped with LED lighting for longer life and reduced energy consumption. We also just joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership. Learn more about our sustainability efforts with them here.
- BYOB(ags): ALDI shoppers know this one well! Bring your own bags or buy one of our eco-friendly, reusable bags.
It’s easy being green, and it starts with small steps! Here are five tips to get you started:
By making a weekly meal plan, you can eliminate food waste. Before you stop in for your next ALDI haul, whip out your calendar and make a weekly menu that fits your schedule. Try some ALDI recipes for meal planning inspo!
Use It Up
Take a weekly pantry or fridge challenge and use up all of your about-to-expire items in a frittata, soup or pizza. These dishes aren’t picky on the state of produce.
If your produce is still fresh, but you’re going on vacation or won’t be able to make grandma’s lasagna this week, freeze it! You can learn more about freezing veggies here: Fresh Veggies… From the Freezer.
Save money and eliminate food waste by making vegetable stock! Use peels, stalks and leaves—that you otherwise would throw away— from carrots, celery and onions and you have a delicious and economical recipe base. Or learn how to make every bit count here.
Meatless Monday is a small, simple step you can make each week that has a BIG impact (since we know meat production uses a lot of energy)! And, it doesn’t even need to be a Monday – Meatless Monday just has a nice ring to it.
How do you keep things green? Tell us in the comments below!