When possible buy local and from the source
Locally made products and ingredients have a much lower environmental impact than purchasing the same thing from another continent.
Buying online and using standard ground shipping reduces the environmental impact of shopping by utilizing about a third less energy than traditional retail.
Leave the car at home
If you live walking distance to your favorite stores or have access to public transportation consider leaving the car at home. Not only will you get your workout in, but since you can only buy what you can carry, it will help you from purchasing things that you don’t truly love.
Forgo the pretty packaging and spend the money on a higher quality product
Mainstream companies often spend more money on packaging then on the product itself. I often find that some of the best products aren’t in the prettiest packages and some of the earth friendliest products don’t come in any packaging at all.
Buy what you love and favor multipurpose products
If you only buy what you will actually use you will not only save money but reduce your overall waste. Also products that are multipurpose and/or can be utilized by multiple members of your family will help ensure the products don’t go to waste.
Do you have any eco-friendly shopping tips to share? I would love to add them to this list.