How and where you spend your money can have a major impact on the environment, but what exactly is eco-friendly shopping?
Conscious Shopping Decisions
Eco-shopping can mean a variety of things. From shopping locally grown or locally made products that require no shipping to selecting energy efficient products over standard products, or shopping with brands who are transparent about their commitment to the environment. Thrift shopping and shopping for refurbished and upcycled items are also eco-friendly.
Healthier Products And Less Waste
Sustainable products are often the healthier alternative. For example, a soy or beeswax candle scented with essential oils is healthier than a paraffin candle scented with heavy chemicals. When it comes to waste, yes, you can purchase BPA-free plastics—but it still won’t last as long as a stainless steel water bottle.
Yes, You Can Still Shop Online
Online shopping may create the need for increased shipping but it also opens the door for smaller sustainable companies to share their products with the world—which empowers you to support companies who are aligned with your beliefs. It also helps to keep costs low by removing the middle man, meaning less overall transportation costs, and a lower overall cost.
It won’t always be 100% and yes you can still shop from large brands and major retailer, just look for greener options—like tennis shoes, toys or furniture made partially from recycled or upcycled materials. Or clothing made from organic cotton or bamboo. It’s about shopping with intention and doing your homework on the companies you buy from.