Easy Tips to Become More Sustainable

Eco-Friendly Products

 

Many of our sustainable strategies involve transitioning from plastics and choosing eco-friendly products instead. Those simple but very effective actions can contribute a lot to save our planet and may even help hospitality businesses increase their profit.  


Auburn Supply Group is a local supply store for innovative, eco-friendly and compostable supplies for the food and beverage industry. Check out their website and you will find several options that can fit your company!

 


 

 
 
 
 
Food Donation

Food waste is an issue in many aspects, EPA explains that “When food is produced but unnecessarily wasted, all the resources used to grow the food – water, energy, fertilizers – and the resources used to transport it from farms to our tables, are wasted as well.”. At the same time, in the Tampa Bay area, 1 in 8 people face hunger (Feeding Tampa Bay). 


What if you had the power to avoid having these resources go to waste and help people facing hunger simultaneously? A simple solution that has no cost is the MealConnection app. You are only required to share information about the food you have available to donate, and a local food shelf or pantry will schedule a pick-up time and provide a volunteer to receive your donation.

Sustainable Seafood 

The future of our oceans, including the survival of many species, depends on us adopting more sustainable seafood choices. According to the UN, “The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, is the planet's largest biosphere, and home to up to 80 percent of all life in the world. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and captures 90 percent of the additional heat generated from those emissions.”.

Seafood Watch provides a free Sustainability Guide for Businesses with easy-to-follow steps that companies can take to improve the sustainability of the seafood they buy or sell. Their website also offers science-based seafood recommendations that business professionals and consumers can use to inform their seafood purchasing decisions. 

Locally sourced foods

Another way to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability is buying local ingredients. This simple action, aside from ensuring fresher products, can cut transportation costs and pollution! It is also a great opportunity to have something unique from the area and to support local vendors. 


Here are some suggestions you can check out for local food shopping:

Recycling  

To find out more about how to properly recycle in Pasco County visit our Recycling website page.

In addition, it is great to be aware that some stores offer free recycling services. For example, at Best Buy you can recycle items such as TVs, computer monitors, cell phones, ink, toner, and more. Publix also offers some recycling options, check out here to see what products they accept to dispose of properly. 


Finally, a small act you can do to reduce waste and learn better about items that can be recycled is to take the #BeRecycled pledge at FloridaRecycles.org

 

 

 

 More sustainable tips will be added soon. Keep an eye out! If you have any sustainable suggestions you are more than welcome to send it to us at info@keeppascobeautiful.org