Whether hosting a holiday gathering, or creating a feast for family, entertaining with a lower carbon footprint has become a high priority. Here are 6 tips to help you entertain more sustainably this holiday season. The flexitarian, vegetarian, vegans and plain old humans around your table will thank you, as will the earth!

# 1 – Plant Power

Generally, plant-based foods are better for the environment because of their reduced carbon footprint.  We offer an array of plant-based products in the dairy, freezer and grocery aisles, including alternative meat products which can be used as substitutes for chicken, beef and pork.

# 2 – Opt for Organic

When you can, consider opting for organic. Organically grown products are better for the environment because organic practices promote healthier soil and increase biodiversity. We have a wide variety of organic products, identified by these wellness icons.

#3 – Look for Local

Local products don’t have to travel as far to reach consumers, thereby lowering their carbon footprint. They also support the local economy by promoting small businesses. Publix highlights a selection of packaged local products on specialized end caps, in addition to providing delicious, seasonal local produce.

#4 – Be a Trend-Setter with Biodiverse Foods

Did you know that about 75% of the world’s food comes from just 12 plants and 5 animal species, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization? By making our diets more diverse, we can ensure the security of the foods we love. Here are a few foods to add into your regular rotation: lentils, quinoa, wild rice, okra and kale. You can look at a full list here.

#5 – Double-check before you Toss

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. Misunderstanding labels on food often leads us to throw out food that is still good to eat. We’ve broken it all down for you here.

#6 – Share the Love: Send or Save

When your body is too stuffed to take another bite, it’s time to stuff the freezer—whether yours or your guests’. We made this quick guide to freezing food so you can get the most out of your meal. In the mood to share? Send your guests home with leftovers in a reusable container.

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