Community Spotlight

Sophie Ringel

  • Tell us about yourself Ocean Conservation and protection is most important to me. I am an activist to help save the ocean and advocate for a cleaner and healthier planet so all animals and wildlife can thrive.
  • How long have you been living in Miami? I moved to Miami in 2016 and I really wished there wouldn't be any single use plastics especially close to the ocean.
  • What inspires you to get up in the morning? All the amazing eco waririors out there who are making a difference.
  • What's your favorite local spot in Miami? Under The Mango Tree in Miami Beach
  • What's a sustainability swap you've started implementing this year? Bringing my reusable container to Under The Mango Tree.
  • What's one goal your working on for the new year? Beach Cleanup with David Beckham.
  • Anything else that you want to share? Everyone can help make a difference. It's on all of us to protect our ocean.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Ideas to Help Reduce Waste

1. Support your local farmers

The food will be fresher, tastier, more sustainable, and way more nutritious. Besides, by supporting local farmers, you’ll cycle your dollars right back into your local economy. By supporting and buying local your purchase helps local entrepreneurs and companies grow and expand. Plus you ensure your produce has maximum freshness as it’s mostly harvested the same day of delivery!

2. Try to swap out toxic kitchen products

Although sustainability is certainly not about spending more and buying more things — there are swaps you can slowly make in your kitchen if you’re looking to upgrade some items. We recommend investing in eco-alternatives when it makes sense to you. You can start by:

Ditching the single-use baggies for reusable bags
Taking reusable bags to the grocery store
Swapping paper towels for rags

3. Switch from single-use plastic bottles

By using reusable water bottles, you can significantly reduce the amount of plastic bottles in your community. Plastic water bottles have a finite life span, but when you use a reusable bottle, it will last for as long as you wish. You can have peace of mind when you use reusable bottles.

4. Keep a reusable tote bag in your car!

One of the easiest things you could do today is keeping a reusable canvas tote bag in your car for when you go grocery shopping and declining a plastic bag. As a Green Tomato member, you’ll receive a canvas tote bag during your first delivery as a welcome gift! We want you to use it and eventually hope that I can replace plastic bags. We must take action as unfortunately there’s no policy here in Florida banning plastic bags.

5. Try to avoid produce wrapped in plastic

When subscribing to Green Tomato, you’re automatically reducing your carbon emissions by buying local. Additionally, we ensure that your produce comes in as minimal packaging as possible, minimizing plastics and waste. By subscribing to Green Tomato, you’re helping reduce 43.69 lbs of plastic waste per year!

6. Avoid single-use plastics

Plastic cutlery, straws, plates, and cups clog our landfills and end up filling the bellies of sea turtles. So get yourself a set of reusable cutlery, stainless steel straws, and reusable containers to keep in your car or bag while you’re out and about.

7. Start composting!

Typically around 50% of municipal garbage set out at the curb is compostable. Composting lowers methane gas emissions, your food remains go back to the soil, it reduces the need for herbicides and pesticides, it helps fight climate change. Composting is by far one of the most important steps you can take in your sustainability journey and zero waste culture. Here in Miami, there are companies such as Compost for Life that will pick up your waste weekly and turn it into rich compost.

8. Plan your meals

Meal planning can really help streamline your grocery trips, trim food costs, and reduce waste by ensuring that you'll use everything you purchase. By using a delivery service such as Green Tomato, you’re ensuring that you always have fresh fruits and veggies in your fridge, which can immensely help you with meal planning as you know when you’ll receive your delivery every week and you also know what we’ll be sending! This ensures no food waste.

9. Give other fruits/veggies a chance

Of course you have your tastes and preferences, but by actually trying fresh seasonal vegetables and cooking them in different ways, you may realize you actually LOVE a veggie that you thought you didn’t! By subscribing to Green Tomato, you’re getting exposed to seasonal fruits and veggies that you have never dated to try. By eating locally and seasonally, you’re also massively reducing your carbon footprint. If you have any alergies or aversions, just let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Teaching your kids from a young age to appreciate natures bounty is also the best thing you can do, and by constantly exposing them to different veggies you’re assuring that they’ll lead a healthy lifestyle.

4 Ways to Keep Your Greens Fresher

  1. Protect the leaves from cold refrigerator air.
  2. Wrap the leaves in a moist towel and place the wrapped leaves inside a silicon bag. If you don't cover the leaves, the cold air will dry them out.
  3. Chop up the greens and place them in sealed containers like jars! So they're fresh and ready to add to your next meal.
  4. Place the stems in a cup of water like you would with flowers and then store the cup in the fridge or on your counter (this is time sensitive-use soon)

What to do if you think your produce might go bad? Chop it up and freeze it! You can use the produce for nutrient dense vegetable broth.

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