The Importance Of Planning Your Shopping Trips

If you really want to reduce your negative effects on the environment, it’s important that you plan all your shopping trips. When you plan shopping trips, you can ensure that you know what you’re going to buy and limit your destruction of the environment.

• Use Less Gas – When you plan your shopping trips, you can map your trip in the most energy friendly way. You can also plan to carpool with others who need to shop too even further reducing the environmental damage that you cause.

• Bring Your Own Bags – When you know you’re going to go shopping, you’ll remember to grab your reusable bags. Using reusable bags reduces the waste you create when shopping. Plastic bags are a huge problem in landfills and even in the sea, which is choking habitats and animals and ruining entire food supplies.

• Walk or Ride Bikes More – You can shop without a vehicle too. Consider getting a cart and walking or riding a bike to go shopping. It’ll help you buy less due to having to carry it home, but it’ll also help avoid wasting gas. Not to mention it’ll be healthier for you due to getting you moving more.

• Take a List with You – When you go shopping be prepared with a plan and a list. Know what you’re going to purchase by creating a shopping list. Know exactly what you want before you even go inside. This will reduce last-minute purchases.

• Buy Items That Are Repairable – So many things we buy today can’t be repaired very well from computers to phones, to even furniture. Try to buy items that can be repaired. You can ask the salesperson or look it up online to find out.

• Buy Items That Will Recycle – Check to find out how recyclable an item is that you want to buy. Calculate how long you think you’ll use it in your life, and then how long it’ll stick around after your life. Is it worth it?

• Buy Items That Will Rot – If the item you want to buy will easily rot when put in the ground and not contaminate the ground that may be the best choice to buy. When you buy things that can at least turn back into dirt, you won’t be adding to the permanent landfill problem.

• Plan for Seasonal Shopping – When you shop seasonally you reduce waste substantially. Not to mention that the food will taste much better. You may need to determine whether you’re going to ferment some of it for later or do without offseason.

Planning shopping trips will help you buy things mindfully, instead of on the spur of the moment. When you take shopping and buying things seriously, it’ll make a huge difference in your carbon footprint and your wallet.

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Green Shopping Tips When Buying New Furniture

For furniture to be considered “green,” it needs to follow sustainable growth principals, including low toxic materials, and it should be durable enough to last a long time. Also, it should be easy to repair, disassemble, and recycle if a problem happens. So many things we buy today aren’t repairable, much less recyclable, which is adding to the landfills at an unprecedented rate.

• Buy High-Quality Timeless Pieces – If you buy good pieces that you know will not only last a long time but be in fashion for a long time it’s much less likely that piece will end up in a landfill after you’re gone.

• Buy Only What You Need – Think like a minimalist when it comes to furniture. You don’t need more than you need. In addition, your house will look much more stylish if you are careful about what you choose. Make sure each piece has a purpose before you buy it.

• Buy Furniture Built from Certified Sustainable Wood – Ask whether the furniture is made from certified sustainable wood or not. If it qualifies, it will have a certification paper with it that has a green tree on it.

• Buy Furniture Built from Recycled Materials – One way to buy furniture that doesn’t add as much to your carbon footprint is to buy furniture (or make it yourself) from recycled materials. Anything that was made of wood can be redone to be new.

• Buy Furniture That Can Be Recycled or Reused – When you buy any furniture think about whether it can be recycled or reused. Consider all the materials, chemicals, and everything used in making it before you buy it.

• Buy Furniture Made from Bamboo – This fast-growing material is easy to work with and makes a huge difference. The only drawback is that often glue is used to hold the furniture together and some people use chemicals like formaldehyde to treat it. In addition, due to the laws in the USA, most hemp is grown in China and has a lot of pesticides on it.

• Buy Furniture Made from Hemp – It only takes about 9 months to grow Hemp, and it doesn’t ruin the soil. There is no need to rotate hemp crops. It cleans the soil. You can make all sorts of things from hemp including materials that look like wood.

• Buy Furniture Made from Reclaimed Wood – It’s more expensive and harder to find but when you can find it this is a very sustainable way to furnish your home. They often get reclaimed wood from abandoned buildings, old farms, barns, and even railroad houses. This not only makes your furniture sustainable but gives a story to tell.

• Buy Low Toxic Materials – Some of the treatment that furniture goes through is very toxic. Try to avoid those materials. Additions such as flame retardant are very dangerous as are some of the materials that off-gas for years polluting any environment that it’s in.

Green shopping tips for buying furniture starts with only buying what you need, buying certified green pieces that look timeless and will last a long time as well as those that can be repaired, recovered, and reused.

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