When we shop we try not to hurt our wallets too much, but why not also treat the environment right? It’s a big help to global conservation efforts, and it might be easier than resisting the temptation of a sale!
Shop smart: buy reusable and long-lasting items
Buy products that won’t go directly to the garbage can after a few uses. Think rechargeable batteries, cutting-edge light bulbs
, cloth diapers, real plates and cups. Use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper. Bulk sizes will save you trips to the store and save packaging from your trash.
National Geographic has handy buying guides
to sustainable shopping for everything from footwear to playground equipment, from laptops to lawn mowers. Martha Stewart has a sustainable shopping guide
, and Consumer Reports
scores many items for efficiency and power savings, but readers must subscribe to view individual listings.
Green fashion? You bet!
Eco-friendly fashion lines are going strong. Stella McCartney has a great interview
explaining why she cares about bringing sustainability to fashion, and why we all should too. You don’t have to afford her clothes to appreciate her thoughts!
Smart design and décor
Two terrific online stores for creative housewares are Bambeco
, both of which feature sustainable products and seductive designs.
Buy energy-efficient appliances
Buy goods made from recycled products
Buying recycled products stimulates markets for recyclable materials and provides incentive for manufacturers to use more recyclables in production, which in turn reduces our dependence on natural resources.
Some candidates are obvious—shoes, tires, paper—but there’s more. Believe it or not, many recycled items make great gifts
. You can also find cool recycled gift ideas by looking for the green logos in the catalog of Uncommon Goods