Happy Earth Day! Show the planet some love by making eco-friendly shopping choices. Here are some ideas for saving some green while shopping green!
Many of us are trying to live more environmentally friendly lives these days. From buying more fuel-efficient vehicles, to recycling and choosing energy-efficient appliances, there are lots of little things we can do to help conserve resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
But one thing we don’t necessarily think of when “going green” is the foods we eat.
Buying organic – and especially locally grown – foods is a great way to not only support eco-conscious businesses, but also to take care of your own health, and the planet’s health at the same time!
If you don’t already shop at farmer’s markets, we encourage you to check one out this spring (once they open in your area), or look into joining a local CSA.
But what if you don’t have a farmer’s market in your area? Or what about the groceries you buy that you can’t find at a farmer’s market or CSA?
Online shopping makes it easy to find organic and eco-friendly foods and other products no matter where you live. Our favorite online store for healthy and environmentally responsible shopping is Thrive Market.
In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of their environmentally friendly shopping categories:
Certified Organic: Shop this category to help reduce the amount of pesticides and other chemicals used in farming.
Compostable: When buying disposable items (e.g. plates and eating utensils for your spring barbecues), choose compostable items that naturally break down and provide valuable nutrients to the soil.
Non-Toxic: Skip the environment (and body)-polluting chemicals, and when you’re buying products to use at home – whether for cleaning the bathroom or moisturizing your face – choose products with safe, natural ingredients.
Recyclable: When buying anything that comes in a box or container, choose items with recycled and/or recyclable packaging to reduce your contribution to landfills.
Fair-Trade: Help the planet and the people who live on it by shopping for fair-trade products.
We’re not encouraging you to go buy stuff willy-nilly (which isn’t great for the planet, after all), but simply by switching some of the items you already purchase with more eco-friendly brands and products, you can help support a more sustainable planet for all.
So the next time you go shopping, why not try some of these “greener” product choices?