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Principle #1 of Environmental Consumerism

By Nick

Principle #1: If an environmentally friendly product doesn’t work, don’t assume the same of all environmentally friendly products.

Just as you would only assume any other brand’s performance only reflects on the brand, assume the same for environmentally friendly goods and services. If a product doesn’t work, try a different manufacturer, and if you repeatedly run into poor products, write the manufacturers a letter telling them you need their products to improve.

This is the first in our series on principles of being an environmental consumer

One Comment

  1. Emine
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Here are a few ways to be green and save money. Cleaning supplies are a great place to start, most of the coeonntivnal cleaning products have harmuful chemicals that do damage to humans and the envirnonment. Use baking soda, vinegar and liquid soap. I mix a few squirts of liquid soap about 1 cup vinegar and water in an old spray bottle and that is my general cleaner. I use another bottle for just vinegar which is my disinfectant, that is sprayed on and left to air dry, in places like the shower. I use baking soda as an mild abrasive, it’s great on soap scum and other stuck on things. You can make a paste with water and baking soda paint it on the inside of the oven let is set for a few hours and wipe it off. You can buy vinegar by the gallon for less than $2, and baking soda in a 5# bag for a few dollars. Shop at farmers markets, shop late in the day and ask for discounts, or their seconds, apples and other fruit that may have a few marks are often sold for less, at the end of the day the farmer would rather sell things for cheap then take them home. Reduce the amount of meat you use, learn to make soups that need just a few ounces for a full pot, freeze leftovers in reusable containers.Buy less, buy what you need and avoid disposable items. Buy recycled or biodegradable when you can. If you buy reusable grocery bags most stores will give you 5 cents back each time you use them, so if you shop at least twice a week you will make your money back in 2 months, then you will be making money. Conserve energy. many things use energy when you aren’t using them. I plug my tv, vcr, stereo and game system into a power strip with a switch, then flip the switch when I’m not using them, no more stand by energy. Chargers are another thing that often uses energy when not in use, that includes Ipod docking stations, they use as much energy to play music as when nothing is on it.

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