“Green shopping” involves actively thinking about the effects of specific products and product
on the environment when making purchasing decisions.
The basic concepts of green shopping are the same as those of an overall
plan. To shop in an environmentally-friendly fashion, focus on:
Green shopping involves choosing products that use fewer natural resources, avoiding unnecessary purchases, and creating the least amount of waste possible.
To make your shopping more environmentally friendly, you need to seek out products and packaging that have been previously used or that can be used in another way after you’re through with them.
When available, you should purchase items that can be recycled, or that are made from recycled content.
Ingredients of an Environmentally-Friendly Product
Few products are perfectly green. But, in general, the more of the following criteria a product meets, the more environmentally friendly it is:
Products that are made to last and are of higher quality, such as rechargeable batteries and reusable water bottles, will remain functional longer than disposable or less durable products.
Packaging is essentially trash that is destined for a landfill. So when you have a choice, opt for items that have less packaging. Items that are sold in bulk or in multi-packs are often good choices to cut down on packaging waste.
Purchasing a used or reconditioned product means saving the valuable resources that would have been used to make a new version of the product for you.
Packaging and products that are made from recycled content are more environmentally friendly than those that aren’t. And when you’re buying a product that you will eventually dispose of, choose one made from recyclable materials when possible.
Electronics and appliances should be designed to be energy efficient, which means they use less energy than conventional products. Electronics and appliances that are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program meet these criteria.
More Tips for Green Living
In addition to looking for green products, practice the following to shop in a more environmentally-friendly way:
Share with friends.
For products you use only occasionally, consider going in on the purchase with friends or neighbors and sharing the items. Or borrow an item you need from a friend and return the favor by loaning your friend an item he or she doesn’t have.
Avoid disposable plastic bags.
Purchase some inexpensive, reusable shopping bags and keep them with you. That way, you don’t have to use the
retailers and grocers provide. When you’re in a bind and must use disposable bags, use as few as possible or carry some items out of the store without a bag, and make sure to recycle the plastic bags.
Consider every purchase.
Before buying something new, take some time to think about whether you really
it. Sometimes you can do without an item, or you can rent or borrow it instead of purchasing it new.
When you decide to consciously think about the environment while you shop, you’ll be able to make decisions that help conserve the earth’s resources, use less
, and create less waste.
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