In this blog post, we’ll walk through some tips for making smart choices as a consumer and being an environmentally friendly shopper:
Shop secondhand. Shopping at stores like Goodwill helps you save money while saving the planet.
It’s no secret that shopping secondhand is better for the environment. Not only does it save you a lot of money, but it also cuts down on the amount of waste produced by manufacturing new clothing. You can find used clothing at thrift stores like Goodwill and Plato’s Closet, as well as online at places like Buffalo Exchange or ThreadUp!
When shopping secondhand, look out for items that are in good condition with minimal wear and tear (or stains). If you’re buying used shoes or accessories like hats or jewelry, make sure they have no holes in them so they won’t fall apart easily after just one use!
Bring your own bag. Bringing reusable bags while shopping helps cut down on waste from plastic bags.
The next time you’re at the store, don’t forget to bring your own bag. Bringing reusable bags while shopping helps cut down on waste from plastic bags.
Reusable bags are good for the environment because they help reduce landfill waste, which can take hundreds of years to decompose. Reusable bags are also better for your wallet because they save you money over time by reducing how often you have to buy plastic or paper bags at the grocery store or other shops where you shop regularly (i.e., drug stores). Plus, many reusable bag companies have started including rewards programs—for example, 5 cents per reusable bag used—which means using them often can actually earn back some cash!
Cancel mail subscriptions and switch to paperless billing.
Switching to paperless billing and canceling mail and catalog subscriptions reduces the amount of waste you produce and can also help save time and money.
If you subscribe to a newspaper or magazine consider cancelling your subscription or switching to a digital version. You can usually find information on the website of your favorite magazine or newspaper about how you can cancel your subscription.
Buy things in bulk. Buying products in bulk reduces the amount of packaging you have to throw away, since you’ll be consuming less products from buying large quantities every other month or so.
Buying in bulk is a great way to save money and reduce your waste. Buy things like toilet paper and dish soap in bulk, so you’ll have less packaging to throw away every month.
Buying locally grown foods is a great way to reduce transportation costs and energy use, while also supporting small businesses and reducing the carbon footprint of food production. Buy fruits and vegetables in season (and maybe even grow them yourself) so that they won’t have to travel across oceans before ending up on your plate!
Buy less stuff; it may seem obvious, but it can be hard to remember sometimes! There are so many distractions out there these days—TV shows, billboards, social media feeds—it’s easy for us as consumers not only forget about our impact on the environment but also become numb towards its effects on our health too. The best thing you can do for yourself (and everyone else) is just buy what you need when necessary, rather than succumbing into mindless consumerism. Consumerism inevitably leads towards materialistic desires that aren’t necessary or even healthy for anyone involved with such decisions made by others—who are more interested in making profits than doing good deeds.
Make sustainable choices when eating out. Try a vegan meal and choose locally grown foods whenever possible.
Veganism is gaining popularity in the US and around the world, with many people choosing to cut back on meat or give it up altogether. In some places, you can find restaurants that specialize in vegan eats—just check online or ask friends who are vegans! But even if you don’t live near such a place, chances are your local eatery has at least one or two options for those who want to eat plant-based meals.
Small actions can make a big difference in your environmental footprint.
It’s true: small actions can make a big difference in your environmental footprint. For example, if you buy water in bulk, you’ll decrease your consumption of plastic bottles. Or maybe you invest in green energy for your home or business so that your carbon footprint is smaller than it could be otherwise. Whatever the case may be for you, make sure to think about what small actions you can take that will make a big difference!
We hope you found these suggestions helpful. If you’re looking for more ways to be a more eco-friendly consumer, check out our other blog posts on sustainable living and the environment!