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Affordable Sustainability 12 of 12: Eco-Shopping: 8 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Consumer Choices

Affordable Sustainability 12 of 12: Eco-Shopping: 8 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Consumer Choices

As environmental concerns continue to grow, adopting eco-friendly shopping practices has become increasingly popular – and it doesn’t have to cost a boatload of money, either! Here are  eight ways you can shop responsibly without breaking your budget.

 

  1. Plan ahead 

 

One of the best ways to shop sustainably is to plan ahead. Shop with a list, and with a planned weekly menu in mind so you can get it all in one trip. When your local grocery store is your second home, you leave a bigger carbon footprint and are likely to impulse-buy your way to food waste and excess packaging.

 

  1. Choose eco-friendly brands

 

When possible, choose products from brands prioritizing sustainability. Look for eco-friendly certifications, like Fair Trade, USDA Organic or Energy Star, as they signify a commitment to ethical and environmentally responsible practices.

 

  1. Buy local produce

 

When buying produce, opt for local fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Locally grown food typically has a smaller carbon footprint because it uses less transportation.

 

  1. Buy in bulk

 

Buying more of often-used items significantly reduces the amount of packaging needed for the product. As a bonus, you’ll usually save time and money when you buy in bulk.

 

  1. Invest in reusable shopping bags

 

Eco-friendly tote bags will help reduce plastic waste and you can use them again and again. You’ll also avoid any bag fees your grocery may charge when you BYOB.

 

  1. Prioritize quality

 

When shopping for goods you hope to enjoy for a long time, prioritize quality over price. Well-made, long-lasting products may have a higher initial cost, but they can save you money in the long term and reduce the overall consumption of resources.

 

  1. Avoid fast fashion

 

Fast-fashion brands may offer a vast selection of bargain-priced clothing, but they often rely on cheap labor and unsustainable practices. Instead of shopping for disposable clothing, invest in high-quality, timeless pieces that can last for years.

 

  1. Stay informed

 

Finally, educate yourself about environmental issues and sustainable practices. By being informed, you can make conscientious choices that align with your values and reduce your environmental impact.

 

Yes, you can shop responsibly on a budget! Use the tips outlined here to make sustainable shopping choices that don’t drain the wallet. 

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