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September 18, 2008

Green Your Shopping Trip -- Buy More

Bulk_food_istock_000001439982xsmallFrom the thrift store to the produce stand, our shopping tips will help you keep your green.

Tip #4: Buy More, Buy Green

Yesterday we extolled the virtues of buying less; however, when it comes to staples, the opposite rule holds true. For those must-haves, hit the bulk aisle. Nuts and grains are common bulk buys, but anything from soap to sauce can be bought big (or concentrated). Avoid "handy" single-serving or on-the-go items, as they tend to be overpackaged and overpriced. When you have the option to buy from an environmentally-friendly company or retailer, go for the green choice. Demand for sustainable shopping has already generated major changes--when retail giants like Wal-mart are hosting sustainability summits and stocking shelves with greener products, it's clear that the power of the green consumer has hit the big time.

What items do you buy in bulk? Do you think buying green can make a difference? Please share!

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