Even if you cut back on some purchases, you’re realistically going to have to buy some things. So make the most of your purchases by looking for the green options before you head to the checkout!
- Buy in bulk – helps you save money and creates less packaging waste (make sure you can eat it without it going bad!)
- Forego fast fashion – synthetic fibers can take up to 200 years to decompose and 5.2% of waste in landfills are textiles
- Switch from print to digital – 500,000 trees are used to produce the Sunday paper
- Look for green and sustainable products – many environmental organizations have done the research for you to know which companies are using sustainable practices – look for trustworthy eco-labels like the Green Seal, Rainforest Alliance or Forest Stewardship Council on the products you buy or download an app like HowGood on your phone
- Buy items made of recycled materials – 33 million acres of forests are cut down each year so something as simple as buying recycled paper can help reduce that number
- Buy previously owned – it can help the environment and save you money in the process
- Buy energy efficient – Energy Star products help lower your energy costs and decrease emissions