You can put your eco-friendly values into action when you incorporate quick and easy green shopping practices into your routine.
These steps will help you make green choices to lessen your environmental impact, and keep more green in your wallet, too.
Pick products with less packaging. Efficient packaging can help lessen the waste stream. Consider cartons – products packaged in cartons are an average of 94 percent product and only 6 percent packaging, providing more value and reducing unnecessary packaging.
Use reusable or renewable paper grocery bags. Every year, Americans use about 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste, according to the Clean Air Council. The next time you go shopping you can help reduce waste by choosing reusable grocery bags or renewable paper bags, which are made from trees and are recyclable where facilities exist.
Buy products in recyclable packaging. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to lower your environmental impact. Products made out of paper products can be recycled to make other everyday household items such as bath tissue, office paper and building materials.
Choose products with renewable packaging. Natural Marketing Institute data shows that 72 percent of consumers are looking for packaging made from renewable resources, says Erin Reynolds, marketing director at Evergreen Packaging. With this in mind, look for packaging made from renewable resources, such as cartons. Over 70 percent of a carton is paper, which comes from a renewable source – trees.