Shopping sustainably doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. In fact, even if you find that you’re spending a little more money on environmentally-friendly goods, you’ll also likely find that you’re spending that money on a fewer number of goods (especially if you’re reducing your waste and reusing items regularly). In this way, you may actually be saving more money by living a sustainable lifestyle.
If you’re ready to take a closer look at how you can reduce your carbon footprint while shopping, look through the tips below (preferably before ordering that new pair of shoes).
1. Avoid Plastics Where Possible
Because of the materials and process used to make plastic, it’s, generally speaking, extremely hard to break down and can be very detrimental to the environment. While, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, some plastics can actually be composted, most cannot be and, even more, can’t even be recycled.
To reduce your plastic consumption, consider buying goods in bulk. Alternatively, shopping at zero-waste stores where you can bring your own containers can leave an even bigger impact, along with using a reusable water bottle and other goods that offer plastic-free alternatives to their otherwise environmentally harmful counterpart.
2. Research How Your Desired Products Are Made
Doing your research before purchasing products can help you understand each product’s potential environmental impact. Many companies who create truly sustainable, low-waste products will often advertise this, but beware of companies who add environmentally-friendly labels to their goods but fail to live up to their claims.
3. Use Reusable Shopping Bags
It may seem small, but bringing reusable bags with you when you shop can reduce the amount of plastic you use and also encourage others to do the same.
Creating a more sustainable lifestyle can be slightly overwhelming if you don’t set small goals to achieve your desired result. Setting a goal to be better at one thing this week and something else the next can help the process seem like less of a hardship and more of an exciting journey.
For additional tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, check out this infographic from RetireGuide.
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