Green Shopping for a Bluer Planet

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More than just recycling, going green can be extended to many of our everyday activities. Take shopping. Everyone needs to shop at one time or another whether out of necessity or for pleasure. Why not try shopping green. It’s easy, fun, and rewarding.

If you think buying green is too expensive, you will be surprised to learn how much money you can actually save. Here are eleven amazingly easy ways to shop green.

1. Before you walk out the door, grab your reusable shopping bags. Using reusable shopping bags is an easy first step to going – and shopping – green. Cumulatively, the manufacture, transport, and disposal of plastic shopping bags creates a huge strain on the environment. A recent Wall Street Journal article reported, “The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually at an estimated cost to retailers of $4 billion.” Retailers are passing that $4 billion dollar cost right back to the consumers.

2. Green-up your wardrobe. The greenest clothing is the clothing you already own. Change it up by adding unique buttons or a trendy scarf. When you really do need new clothes, buy items that can be washed in cold and line dried. Avoid items that require dry cleaning. Find treasures and trends at thrift stores.

3. Buy organic when possible. Organic food is grown without chemical pesticides. Pesticides contribute to water pollution and soil contamination.

4. Buy products with reusable containers. You’ll save money and won’t be adding to already overflowing landfills. Pass up styrofoam containers such as egg cartons. Buy products in cardboard containers, which are recyclable.

5. Purchase products made from recycled products. Look for the “100% Recycled Paperboard” logo on products. According to the EPA, each ton of recycled paper can save: 3.5 cubic yards of landfill, 17 thirty foot trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, all the while eliminating 60 pounds of air pollutants.

6. Buy products in containers that can be recycled in your community. Your favorite ketchup may come in a handy squeezable container, but those containers are made with several layers of plastic and are difficult to recycle. Most communities accept glass and certain plastics for recycling. Find out what your community recycles and shop for products in those containers.

7. Vinegar, baking soda and hot water are your friends and not just for cooking. All three products make excellent household cleaners without harmful chemicals that could end up in the environment. Baking soda deodorizes, cleans, and softens water. Vinegar is great for cleaning windows and is also good for cleaning hard water deposits out of shower heads, irons and coffee pots.

8. Choose things that last, such as cloth diapers, rechargeable batteries, and energy saving light bulbs.

9. Look for the Star! Buy energy-efficient items. Choosing items with the Energy Star logo helps the environment, but also helps your pocket book by saving on your utilities bills.

10. Shop for your electronic equipment at a retailer who has or works with an electronic re-use or recycling facility. E-recycling is catching on everywhere and helps reduce the need for landfills.

11. Shop local. Buy locally grown or manufactured products that are not transported long distances, and therefore do not add to air pollution (greenhouse gas). Local businesses tend to also purchase locally, reducing the need for transporting products long distance. Less transport means less greenhouse gas.

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