SHOP FOR THE PLANET

BUY PRODUCTS IN THE LARGEST SIZE YOU CAN USE; AVOID EXCESS PACKAGING 
  • Buy cereal in a large box instead of in individual serving sizes.
  • Buy juice in concentrates and use reusable containers instead of single serving packages.
  • Save money by buying bottled water in a large plastic jug instead of six packs of 16 ounce bottles.
  • Reuse plastic water bottles.
  • Buy large packages of sugar and flour.
  • Avoid the small boxes of raisins and buy the same amount in the 24 ounce box. 

BUY REUSABLE AND LONG LASTING ITEMS

  • Use rechargeable batteries in toys, flashlights, radios. You can save $200 a year by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposables in one CD player used two hours a day.
  • Use cloth diapers instead of disposables diapers. You'll save $600 per child by using a laundry diaper service instead of disposable diapers. 
  • Use a real camera instead of disposable ones. If you take 24 pictures each month you will save $144 each year.
  • Many families spend over $260 each year on paper towels and napkins. Switch to cloth napkins, sponges, and cloth towels or wipes.
  • Use washable plates, cups, and silverware for parties and picnics instead of disposable products.
  • Use an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors. 
  • Buy high quality/long life tires. They cost less per mile traveled and reduce the problem of disposing of used tires.
  • Use a washable commuter mug for your morning coffee and eliminate a Styrofoam or plastic cup every day.
  • Bring bags to the market, either cloth ones or your old paper and plastic ones. Many markets will credit your bill for using your own bags. When buying only a few items, don't take a bag.
  • Clean and service your appliances, computers, tools, and cars so that they will enjoy even longer lives. And, before you replace them, check to see if they are repairable.
  • Consider sharing equipment that is used infrequently such as hedge clippers, pruners, fruit pickers, or chain saws.