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Conscious Consumer:Tips for Buying Green

Going green is a huge trend right now, so for once, what’s popular is also the right things to do. Being environmentally friendly can do a lot for the environment and economy. Environmental impacts can be as simple as saving space in the land fill, or adding a dollar to a purchase so someone will plant a tree. Economic impacts are good too. Going green can actually save companies money and create new jobs in the workforce. As a consumer, sometimes it can be a little challenging to know exactly how to be environmentally friendly. Below are a few tips on buying green.

Look for the Recycling Symbol

The recycling symbol is a set of arrows arranged in the shape of a triangle. Items with this symbol can be recycled and are sometime made from recycled materials themselves. Make a point to buy items with this symbol on them. When you are done using them at home, don’t throw them in the trashcan. Take them to your local Brampton recycling plant. Companies like King Recycling and Waste Disposal Inc. will recycle them for someone else to use, saving space in your local landfill.

Buy Green Cleaning Products

Chemicals in traditional cleaning products can often times be harmful to the environment. However, many brands, such as Clorox and Simple Green make products designed to clean your home just as well as the harsh chemical brands, without adding pollution and chemicals to the environment. The best part is that these products are available at your local stores.

Buy Energy Efficient Electronics

Electricity usage has been at all-time high due to the population boom and the increase in availability of electronic equipment. From your lights to your mobile devices there are many ways you use electricity every day. Do your best to combat high energy usage and buy energy efficient products. Products with the ENERGY STAR logo use energy more effectively and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They will also save you money on your electric bill.

Buy Gas Efficient Vehicles

When it is time to shop for a new car, make sure to pay attention to gas mileage. Cars that get more miles to the gallon require less gas than ones with lower miles per gallon. This means that you will be adding less pollution to the air as well as depleting less of the world’s natural oil reserves. You’ll also save a bundle of cash at the gas pump.

Most people see buying green as an expensive, time-consuming change, but it really isn’t. You can make simple changes to your current shopping habits to turn yourself into an environmentally conscious consumer. In some cases, it is as simple as changing your brand of laundry detergent. In fact, buying green can actually save you money when you look at things like using less electricity and less gas. Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also good for your savings account.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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