How to be Eco-friendly When Shopping

Written by on August 27, 2012 in Lifestyle - No comments | Print this page

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The ecology is today perhaps the greatest recipient and target of good intentions. Everywhere you turn and look, being eco- or environment-friendly is the buzzword for virtually everything you do, from using what containers, remodeling your house into an eco-friendly one, and even the good, old, but pleasurable household chore of shopping. Yes, you can help protect the environment when you shop, in generally three areas as below

Going to the shop

You can be an eco-friendly shopper even before you get to shop. Consider first how you would go there. If the hop is not too far and you have time, you can walk or bike, and get exercise at the same time.  Or take public transport if it is practical to do so. Failing these, you can set up a carpool with your neighbors and friends to save fuel and have some bonding time as well.  Of course, you can always shop online as an additional option.

In preparing to go shopping, make a list of what to buy so you don’t have to return for forgotten items. Be sure to have your organic bag with you, and bring some reusable containers for raw meat and such to lessen the use of packing materials like plastic bags.

In the shop

As much as possible, choose local produce whether in meat, poultry or vegetables. They are much fresher, usually do not have preservative chemicals, and you help the local economy to boot.  Select organic foods, those grown or raised without chemical assists like pesticides and fertilizers, but do not rely on the label’s information alone. Some produce may be organic, but if they came from far places, they must have used pollutive fossil fuels for transport that negated their ‘organic’ advantage.

Buy in quantity also if you can. The smaller the container, the more material it uses for the same amount of produce. In other words, a whole liter of mayonnaise, for instance, will use less packaging materials than twenty pieces of fifty-gram packs.

After shopping

Save product containers for reuse, particularly those with lids. Glass jars and plastic bottles with large mouths are perfect to store in small items or those you may buy in bulk like powder detergent and coffee. Likewise, you can better organize your kitchen cupboard if you place items in containers rather than bags. Even open sardine tins can be used to hold small things like paper clips and nails, those you don’t want messing up your cabinet drawers.

Fold and keep those plastic bags in a drawer. You can use them again in many ways after, such as to simply to hold wet trash or even pack in things for stowage and protect them from dust. Somehow items wrapped in plastic remain near-new for a longer time.

In the end

Being eco-friendly does not always mean you have to great deeds like stopping the harvest of whales or protecting the Sumatran tiger from extinction. Often what you do everyday can contribute greatly to environmental conservation if you orient it to reducing the generation of non-biodegradable waste. As in many other aspects of life, a little effort can go a long way towards achieving the goals, this time for the environment.

This is a guest post.  This was a post by Dave from Storetec Direct, a company which provides eco-friendly shopping trolleys and display systems for retail.

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