Beans

Sustainable Swap:

Often sold canned or in glass.

  • Consider buying dried beans and investing in a pressure cooker, which will allow you to speed up your cooking time significantly. Instapot is a popular type of pressure cooker these days. Small beans such as lentils cook more quickly.
  • Aluminum cans have a high recyclability rate (unlike plastic), but note they're usually lined with plastic to prolong shelf-life and prevent rusting. Some cans are marked BPA-free, but there are several other chemicals in plastic that are a health concern. Another note is that mining for aluminum is environmentally destructive.
  • Something to consider about glass is has the potential to break, which renders it non-recyclable. But glass jars are great for reuse as you go bulk shopping.