Simple Sustainability Swaps for a Greener Future

March 30, 2022
| Created by Hannah Langley, MS, RDN, CD

Tis the season of spring cleaning, warmer weather, and for many people, a renewed interest in finding ways to be environmentally friendly. If Earth month is on your mind but you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to sustainability, look no further. Here are a few simple swaps to make in your daily routine for a greener future. 

Rethink Your Packaging

Looking to make a big environmental impact with minimal disruption to your current routine? Start by looking at the packaging you use for food and beverages. Swapping single-use plastic and other non-biodegradable packaging for reusable and recyclable counterparts is easier than you might think!  

  • In place of plastic baggies, opt for reusable and dishwasher safe Stasher bags or glass containers. 
  • Bring reusable containers with you to the bulk section. We recommend putting a sticker with the tare weight on your container before bringing it to the store! 
  • Look for products that use minimal, recyclable, or biodegradable packaging.  
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle or choose water in plastic-free containers, like Liquid Death.  
  • Keep reusable grocery bags in your car so you always have some on hand. Don’t forget about reusable produce bags either!  

Look for Sustainability Certifications

Don’t rely on common greenwashing phrases like ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘natural’ to when looking for sustainable products. Instead, check your staple food products to see if they claim any of the numerous sustainability certifications available. Some certifications are awarded to individual products while others are awarded to companies as a whole and evaluate things like social impact, reduced emissions environmental practices, and charitable donations. Here are some of the most reputable certifications, check out our post on Decoding Sustainability Certifications to learn more about them! 

  • Certified B-Corp  
  • Certified Climate Neutral 
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified 
  • Certified Regenerative Organic 
  • 1% for the Planet 

Shop Ethical Seafood

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but how we go about catching them can have a big impact on the environment. The Monterey Bay Aquarium founded the Seafood Watch program to provide guidance and accountability when shopping for seafood. Their rating system denotes a “Best Choice,” “Good Alternative,” and “Avoid” rating to seafood depending on the ethical and environmental impact that go into the catching or farming practices. Harmons partners with the Seafood watch program and only carries seafood that has a rating of ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’. Here are some of our Best Choice options: 

  • Jumbo sea scallops 
  • Shell-on raw shrimp 
  • Red trout  
  • Steelhead fish 
  • King salmon 
  • Mussels 
  • Littleneck clams 
  • In-shell oysters 

Have additional questions about sustainable nutrition practices? Reach out to your store’s dietitian at