Tips for Going Green
Here are a few of the simplest things to help reduce our impact on the planet’s resources and preserve them for future generations. You’re likely already doing some of them – kudos to you! Try adding another one to your routine and before you know it, you’ll have another green habit to be proud of.
Reuse Your Bags
More than one billion single-use plastic bags are handed to consumers each day in the U.S. and it takes a 15-year-old tree to produce just 700 paper grocery bags. Paper or plastic is no longer the question. Reusing shopping bags significantly reduces both emissions and waste. There are also plenty of choices for small reusable bags, perfect for lunch or gifting.
Quench with Respect
80% of the 25 billion single-serving plastic water bottles Americans use each year end up in landfills. Choose to reuse with a refillable water bottle made of a refill-safe material. When you do get water in a plastic bottle, remember to recycle.
Start Your Day the Green Way
Billions of single-use coffee cups end up in the landfill – most are not recyclable due to the coating which prevents the liquid from saturating the paper cup. Reusable coffee mugs are available in styles, shapes and sizes to suit everyone. Find yours and start making a difference as you start each day.
Eat with Thought
Choose food products from companies and businesses that do something to support the health of the planet. And, eat as many whole foods as possible. Not only are they better for you, but they're better for the Earth. The more whole the food is, the fewer the resources used to get it to your plate.
Switch to Organics
Organic agriculture protects everyone’s health by reducing CO2 and the toxic chemicals that go into the air, soil and water. Organic methods support natural ecosystems by using long-term farming solutions that help preserve the earth's resources for future generations. Biodynamic is another good choice.
Buy in Bulk
Purchasing food, coffee, herbs and spices in bulk allows you to choose just how much or how little of a certain product you want, reducing product waste, packaging and shipping impact.
Support Responsible Packaging
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide a year if you cut down your waste by 10%. When shopping for packaged products, seek out those with minimal packaging and use recycled and/or recyclable materials.
Buy Recycled Products
Buying new products made from recycled materials allows you to "close the loop," creating a market for the items recycled curbside or in other recycling programs.
Choose to Reuse
In addition to loads of options for reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, a wide variety of reusable food-storage containers are available to help reduce the waste of single-use plastic bags, wraps and storage containers. Glass and metal containers last longer than plastic, and glass can go in the microwave.
Go Green When You Clean
Many household cleaning products contain various chemicals and toxins detrimental to the environment and to your health. Read the labels and buy cleaning products that don’t contain those potentially harmful ingredients. Our Eco-Scale® for cleaning products prohibits the worst offenders and makes it easy to shop for greener cleaners.