Things To Avoid For Eco-Friendly Shoppers
Shopping in an eco-friendly way can help you lower your carbon footprint and put more money in your pocket. When you learn to shop mindfully and thoughtfully a lot of good will come out of it, and you won’t feel as if you’re doing without either.
• Out of Season Food – It’s normal to want to buy things out of season because we’re used to it. However, eating in season is not only better for your health, but it’s better for the environment. When you eat seasonally, you’re usually also eating locally. Eating locally cuts down on transportation issues as well as inspection needs since it’s being grown locally on smaller farms.
• Using New Plastic Bags – Don’t let them put your items inside new plastic bags. You can always put the items in your shopping cart and put them right in your car without a bag if you forget your reusable bags.
• Too Much Packaging – Some things just have a ridiculous amount of packaging. This is especially true with processed food. However, it can also happen with other items like socks, underwear, and even makeup. Check the packaging and if it’s too much write the company and ask them to create more sustainable packaging for their items so that you can buy them.
• Pre-Washed Items – Those pre-washed and pre-cut items in the plastic containers really aren’t worth the price. It doesn’t take long to prepare food and store it in reusable containers. The price is usually many times over what it costs to buy the uncut and unwashed variety.
• Impulse Buys – Always take a list so you can avoid impulse buys. You should know what you’re doing with anything you’re thinking of buying. If you have no idea what you’re going to do with it, don’t buy it. The cute top that’s on sale that doesn’t match anything you have and isn’t really a great deal. (Neither is that candy bar.)
• Frequent Shopping – Try to arrange your shopping trips so that they’re further between than closer. The less often you shop, the fewer items you’re going to buy especially those impulse buys that sometimes happen.
• Plastic Diapers – If you have a baby in diapers consider using cloth diaper that you wash yourself in your own washer and dryer. Even some of the cloth diapering apparatus that is offered now is too much and more than you need.
• Overly Processed Food – Any food that comes in a box is likely over processed. Chips, crackers, cookies, and premade items have so much packaging plus too much salt and preservatives to be good for you anyway.
• Fad Items – It’s tempting to buy the latest fad items. However, do you really need them? How long is the fad going to last? What will happen to the item when the fad is over? Consider how many retired individuals, who are downsizing, are having a very hard time getting rid of items they thought were collectibles – they’re finding out these things are worth nothing and their kids don’t want them either. Think hard before buying anything.
If you want to reduce your effects on the environment and be able to save more money while earning the same, consider using eco-friendly shopping practices and avoid things that aren’t eco-friendly. You’ll put more money in your pocket and feel good about what you do buy.
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Green Shopping Tips: Homeware & Cleaning Products
When you want to be as green as possible buying things for your home, plus cleaning them, is something you will want to think about carefully. Furniture and cleaning products are some of the most environmentally damaging things you can buy. Thankfully, companies are starting to answer the call for sustainable furniture and cleaning supplies.
• Make Your Own – You can make your own cleaners and homeware items that are more sustainable and greener. When you can choose your ingredients and materials, it will make it easier to ensure that what you are using is not adding to your carbon footprint.
• Research the Company – When you want to buy a certain brand of any product always research the company. Find out what their manufacturing processes are. Do they have any environmental lawsuits happening? Are they as green as they claim to be? It’s a popular thing to say you’re green when you’re not.
• Store Brands – Don’t discount some store brands. Most stores now know the importance of organics and greener items. Many stores, even Walmart offers green and organic items that will not increase the pollution you’re adding to the world. Even Walmart has a local buy policy for produce.
• Buy Used Homeware – When you buy used, you can usually buy things that are of any type of material because it’s already been produced. Buy buying the used item you’re not adding to the landfill, and you’re not encoring more manufacturing.
• Consider Company Ethics – Always research the company’s ethical practices. Just because they have one section that is creating green products from Hemp doesn’t mean the company is that sustainable. Look at all their products.
• Less is More – Remember that when it comes to things you have in your home and the supplies you use to clean with, you don’t need as much as you think. Only buy homeware that you need, and that serves a purpose then you can buy or make only the cleaning products you really need.
• Shop Locally – When you shop locally, you cut down on transportation pollution. However, that means you should buy from the person who is making the item to ensure that works.
• Shop Online – In some cases buying something online, that you cannot find locally can still be sustainable if they reuse their packaging or use recyclable packaging and only ship when they have enough product to ship.
Shopping for homeware and cleaning supplies to take care of your homeware is an important thing to consider in your green shopping. We all want nice things in our home, but you want to ensure that you buy the greenest item of the highest quality and take care of it properly to ensure that it lasts.P.S. Liked this post?
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