How to green your shopping. Is that some kind of a joke? (along the lines of how to train your dragon?) Wouldn’t it be better if we just gave up shopping altogether??? Hmmmmm….well, barring that extreme solution, there are certainly some things you can do to make your shopping excursions a bit easier on the earth.
First of all you can aim to buy less. My Less is More shopping mantra keeps me on task whether I’m window-shopping or looking for essentials. Read the post for the whole scoop but basically it’s all about buying only what you need, focusing on quality vs. quantity and reusing as much as possible. Nope – buying green isn’t just an excuse to shop for more stuff.
And when you do need to shop, choosing to use reusable shopping bags may seem like a small thing to do….but small adds up to big over time. Consider these statistics from reuseit.com:
- About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute.
- 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used in a year.
- A single plastic bag takes up to 1000 years to degrade.
Last week I wrote a review of a cool, new reusable bag system from Esse and I’ve had a lot of great feedback about it. People agreed that it would be nice to have something more durable than those freebie reusable bags that begin to fall apart with heavy use. Well, this week I’ve got one to give away!! One Mindful Momma reader will win an Esse 3 pocket Carryall Tote (in black with the Esse leaf -as shown). It comes complete with 3 durable grocery bags, 2 produce bags and an everyday bag. Basically, it rocks!
To go along with the bags, I’m including a copy of my book, RSS feed or email) or following me on Twitter. (please leave a separate comment for each thing you do – 3 entries max per person). The giveaway will be open through midnight, Central time on Tuesday, November 2nd. (US mailing addresses only)
And come back tomorrow to talk about how to green your kids!
(Note: there is an Amazon affilate link in this post)
This contest is now closed. The winner was Beth C who said “I have tried to find things that can be re-purposed rather than rushing out to buy new all the time.” Enjoy!