How to Shop Sustainably

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Climate change threatens our entire planet, but your shopping habits can help in the fight against it. Here are some shopping tips to reduce your carbon footprint. 

  • Buy Local: If possible, always shop environmentally frieHow to Shop Sustainably, Shopping, Union County, North Carolina, Going Green, N.C. Cooperative Extension ndly by purchasing your products from local companies ands stores. Shopping local means you’re buying items that were manufactured in your immediate area, which is an easy way to increase your eco-conscious shopping.
  • Buy in Season: Every season features a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other produce that naturally grows during that time. Buying “in season” means that you get the best possible product, with the least environmental impact. Buying in-season supports local farming while ensuring that you get the freshest fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid Impulse Buying: Impulse buying is a threat to eco-friendly shopping. It can easily lead to buying products that you do not need, which means they might end up in your local landfill quicker than you thought.
  • Bring Your Bag: Millions of single-use plastic bags are dumped in landfills each year, and many find their way into oceans and other natural resources. To be a more eco-friendly shopper, you should always bring your own bags and shop plastic-free. If those bags are reusable shopping bags, that’s even better!
  • Reduce Your Online Order Deliveries to Once a Week: Many people love online shopping because it’s convenient. However, shopping from an online retailer might be doing more harm than good to the environment because many retailers use shipping and packaging options that can harm the environment. Making multiple small purchases means more shipments to your home in several boxes, but a larger single order can lessen the impact on the environment by consolidating the packaging and limiting the number of trips involved in delivering your products.