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Green Consumer: In the Store

Green Consumer: In the Store

As a person and consumer you have the power to do something about climate change. Never forget or think otherwise. Sure you may wonder how much you’ll actually help by replacing your CFLs, recycling etc but in the end all small things path up to something bigger and more meaningful, especially when many join in.

This is part one of a series of posts explaining and giving advice on what you can do to combat climate change from your home, in the store, when you travel and on your spare time. All the things listed are easy to do, some things will take a little longer, but most of them will help save you money (besides all the positive effects on our earth).

In the Store

It’s all about quality

Don’t waste your money on products that has a low life-span. Spend your money wisely and buy products with a good quality that last longer, can be repaired and upgraded. Sure it may cost more in the short run but in the long run you will earn from it.

Buy organic and/or fair-trade

Today you can easily find organic and fair trade food that can replace your “ordinary” coffee, milk, meat, cheese etc. If your local stores don’t have anything, ask them why. Ask them every time you shop in the store. Don’t take a “no” for an answer. You are the consumer and they need you to run their business.

Support your local community

Buy products that have been produced in your city or nearby. That way the products haven’t been transported over long distances and you will support your local community. It’s a win-win situation.

Less meat

Buy less meat and try to replace it with vegetables that are grown after your local seasons. If you can’t stop your “meat love”, try to buy more chicken and pig meat instead of beef. The best option of them all is to become a vegetarian.

Refill it!

Avoid products that are wrapped in un-necessary packages. Choose refill products that are smaller and uses less packaging.

Say no to water

Say no to the extremely idiotic bottled water. It’s just stupidity to buy water on bottle instead of using water, with the same (and in some cases better) quality, from the marvellous invention called water tap.

Think

Think before you buy something. Ask yourself if you really need this new thing? And if the answer is yes ask yourself if you can’t find it in a second-hand store or on similar places?

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I can't agree with you more on your tips! The other thing I think is so important is simply waking people up out of their ‘consumer coma’ which has been induced by years of television programming designed to confuse 'want' from 'need'. When it comes down to it we have very few ‘needs’ and if we stuck to just addressing those we’d be much better off. Who ‘needs’ a plug-in room deodorizer? I mean really. Anyway, thank you again and I'll be sure to pay it forward. Melinda

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Vladimir Tess: Yes I know how you feel. I also love meat but I am slowly changing my bad habits. Melinda: I fully agree with your comment. And by the way, is there really a thing such as a "plug-in room deodorizer"!?
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Here is a great place to shop online: DailyGreenProject.com is built around giving and then giving some more. You shop with the earth in mind, so we then take that mentality further in donations and service projects in making a difference. This will begin to positively affect people who shop online as well as those who receive donations from the 10% we donate from each sale. So the strength of Daily Green Project is threefold: giving money to something you believe in, positively effecting the environment around you, and donating to charities that help to make the world a better place for pet and humankind.

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I'm VERY surprised this article doesn't address household cleaners and soaps Dish soaps are not such a big offender when talking about air quality, but spray cleaners certainly are. When you come home after the housekeeper has set off an atomic bomb of sorts with that pine cleaner or the tub and kitchen cleansers full of carcinogenic chemicals. A lot of people don’t know just what that chemical smell really means for their health. We are a los angeles area green housekeeper service that utilizes our own products and other commercially available products: non-scented and custom scented items that our customers love. We provide thorough, non-toxic cleaning at affordable prices with products that won’t contribute to indoor air pollution. See our blog for more: http://littlepiggiesgreencleaning.blogspot.com/ http://www.lpgreenclean.com

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