Did you know that your shopping choices affect the environment? Everything you buy affects the Earth, but some choices have a lesser impact. Educating yourself about the products you buy can empower you to make a difference in protecting the planet. It's called "green purchasing," and it's easy to do.
Buy recycled. Items made from paper and plastic are often made from recycled
materials. You can also buy automotive parts, motor oil, and tires made
from recycled products. Also look out for household furnishings and gardening
tools made from recycled materials.
Buy in bulk or multi-packs. Buying more items at once reduces packaging waste. You can also buy items with packaging that can be reused or recycled.
Buy used. You can find authentic retro clothes, accessories, and other items at your local thrift store.
Trade with friends. Instead of buying brand new products, swap with friends
Combine bags. When you're at the mall, don't get a new shopping bag for
every itemcombine bags or put them in your backpack. (And be sure
to hold onto the receipt!)
Buy energy-efficient items. Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when buying electronics such as TVs, CD players, DVD players, and computers. ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, don't forget to check for gas-efficiency when purchasing a new vehicle.