16, Tháng Một 2011

Shopping Practices that Help the Environment

Consumers can do their part to help the environment, simply by establishing a few new habits. With global warming and the need for energy conservation as commonly heard mantras, you can make a difference by making a few changes when you shop.

Buy New Light Bulbs

One of the simplest things that you can do is to buy a different kind of light bulb when your existing ones burn out. Compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs use much less energy than your standard light bulb. They also last longer. You don’t have to buy light bulbs as often and you will have the gratification of knowing that you are saving money and helping the environment.

Change to Purer Cleaning Supplies

Another thing you can do is to avoid purchasing cleaning products that are packed with toxic chemicals. These chemicals get flushed down the sink or the toilet. It takes energy and time to detoxify the water of these chemicals. Read product labels and choose cleaning supplies that are made with natural ingredients.

Choose Paper Over Plastic

When given the choice at the supermarket, choose paper over plastic. Plastic bags can be reused but they are not recyclable. Paper can be easily recycled. You have probably seen the images of the birds accidentally tangled up in plastic bags, unable to spread their wings. The fewer plastic bags you use, the better it will be for the environment as a whole.

Shop in an Organized Manner to Save Gas

To avoid going to the store daily, make a list and try to shop once or twice a week. You will save on fuel. If the grocery store is far from your home, set up a weekly carpool to the store with your neighbor. When shopping for a variety of items in several different stores, coordinate your trips so that you can do all of your shopping at one time. Also, shop online to save on fuel.  By visiting sites like JRDunn.com for jewelry or other online businesses, you can save money on fuel and have the items sent directly to your front door.

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