Review Spending Habits for Earth Day

April 11th, 2009

With Earth Day just around the corner, now’s a good time to take a look at how your spending habits may be affecting the environment. I was able to hear Jane Goodall speak at my local zoo recently, and she reminded us that we each make a difference each day. She wants us to think before we buy.

Here are some tips to help you revise your spending habits to be more green:

• Choose organic or Fair Trade whenever possible, and be aware that words like “natural” may mean nothing. Always read ingredients.

• If you don’t make your own green cleaning products, choose companies that produce only green cleaners. These are people like Ecover and Seventh Generation.

• Look at packaging. Many companies are finding ways to reduce packaging. If you think one of your favorite products needs a packaging overall, tell the manufacturer. They are listening more than you think.

• Look for the Leaping Bunny symbol when choosing cleaners and cosmetics. Animal testing isn’t required or necessary.

• Buy from local farmers and artisans. If you don’t, these people can’t make a living. The small farming way of life may be making a comeback, but they still very much need your help.

For more guidance on buying green, I highly recommend Big Green Purse. I reviewed it last year. Also, read more on the history of Earth Day.

Have a green Earth Day! And every day.

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