Five Steps to be an Eco Shopper

As consumers, the choices we make can have a significant impact on the environment. Adopting an eco-friendly approach to shopping is about embracing a lifestyle that prioritizes sustainability and mindful consumption. Embracing reusable alternatives to single-use items, such as shopping bags and water bottles, helps minimize waste and conserve resources. Additionally, seeking out locally sourced goods can reduce transportation emissions and support local economies. Read on, on this journey as we explore the practical tips for embracing eco-friendly shopping habits.

1. Bring your own bag and opt for reusable products.

Every grocery store offers reusable bag options. Opt for Recycled PET as a bag material to increase longevity. Choose a canvas tote bag for a more stylish option, find them in any local city or vacation spot. This is not only an option to be environmentally forward, but it will save you the grocery store bag fee in some states. 

2. Join the sharing economy.

This peer-to-peer model facilitates sharing and providing access to goods and services. Most towns have a “buy nothing” or exchange group on Facebook where residents can post furniture, toys, tools, and more to be bought and picked up by another local. This saves money by buying used and saves transportation when the owner lives nearby. 

3. Walk or bike to shop locally.

Walking or biking to shop locally reduces carbon emissions. If possible, taking public transportation is also a viable option instead of driving. Small businesses stimulate the local economy, provide careers, give back to communities, and focus energy on the customer. Look out for locally owned businesses near home, college, or work. Check out these articles about shopping locally in Baltimore and USA environmentally forward stores.

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4. Shop natural products and purchase in season.

On product packaging check for labels like fair trade, organic, and made in the USA. Farmers markets are the easiest way to learn about seasonal fruits and vegetables. When shopping in-season, the price will be lower compared to out of season times. Use the USDA Local Food Directories to find markets and Foodwise filters for seasonal products.

5. Avoid impulse buying, and look for things that will last.

Resisting impulse buying encourages mindful spending. Prioritize durable products that will last for years and years, over cheaply made ones that will likely go to waste. In the long run, consumers save money and own worthy products. 

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