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GREEN SHOPPING TIPS

A family of four can save $3,000 a year simply by buying products in thelargest size they can use and by buying long lasting reusable items. Thinkabout the effect of your purchases on the environment when you shop. Itemswith excess packaging and products that need to be discarded after only a fewuses cost more money, use up valuable resources and create more waste.


BUY PRODUCTS IN THE LARGEST SIZE YOU CAN USE; AVOID EXCESS PACKAGING

A family of four can save $2,000 a year in the supermarket by choosing largesizes instead of individual serving sizes. Remember, ten cents of everyshopping dollar is used to pay for packaging. Small sizes use more packagingfor each ounce of product than larger sizes. So, if you buy large sizes, yousave money, reduce waste, and help the environment. That is a really goodbuy. Here are a few good examples, look for others the next time you shop.


BUY PRODUCTS IN CONTAINERS THAT YOU KNOW YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RECYCLE

It is important to familiarize yourself with your what types of containers and items can be recycled in your local recycling program. Once you know what you can recycle, look for products that come in the containers that you know you will be able to recycle when the products are all used up. Examples are products in commonly recycled containers made from aluminum, steel, #1 and #2 plastic, and glass. Check the Earth 911 Reuse and Recycling Services listings to see what types of containers/packaging you should look for in your community.


BUY REUSABLE AND LONG LASTING ITEMS

Products that can be reused are cheaper in the long run than those you throwaway and buy over and over again. Goods that are designed to last a long timeare also cheaper in the long run than those that wear out quickly. A familycan save $1,000 each year buy buying reusable and long lasting products.


Written by: Earth 911.


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