By changing our shopping habits, we can contribute a lot to the environment. Here are some great green shopping tips that you can follow.
Buy what you need
You should only buy what you need. Don’t waste anything. It is wise to buy the dry foods like sugar and flour in bulk. You know how much you consume every month and you know how much you can store. You can also buy dish detergents and canned goods in bulk. This way you will have to make fewer trips to the shops and less shopping bags will be used. You can go out shopping with your neighbor and buy in bulk. This way you can get the cost saving of buying in bulk without the need to purchase more than you need.
Rethink your transportation
Every year, the car produces more than five kilograms of carbon dioxide. This causes greenhouse effects. If you plan ahead, then you can reduce your trips to shops. You should make a list of everything you need and then go out shopping. This way you won’t have to make multiple visits to the shop. You should also plan your route and find the best way to go that will save your time and fuel. You can choose carpooling or public transportation. If the shop is nearby, go walking or take a bicycle.
Reuse and Re-purpose
When you shop a lot, you start accumulating excess packaging. You should think of reusing these packages. You can use these as bin bags or repack things. You can gift wrap things as well using the packaging materials.
Buy seasonal food
You can get plenty of varieties of fruits and vegetables in every season. In the U.S. you get strawberries and blueberries in June. In September and October, you get apples. You should buy seasonal fruits and vegetables. This way you will get the freshest food.
These green shopping tips will help you to become more environment conscious. You will see that you are eating fresh food, saving money and contributing something positive to the environment as well.