Watercooler: How to make green choices at the store

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

Published: December 29, 2012 10:36PM
Updated: April 8, 2013 11:34PM

The green revolution has reached well into the consumer realm and created buying opportunities that can have a positive impact on the environment and on the household budget.

If you’d like to reduce your ecological footprint and perhaps make a green-friendly statement, a variety of websites offer green shopping tips and guidelines. Here are a few:

Consumer Reports Greener Choices • Offers shopping info on a variety of consumer products under the “Green Shopping” drop-down menu or product icons, at http://www.greenerchoices.org

National Geographic’s Green Guide • Covers several green-living topics, and includes buying guides, at http://on.natgeo.com/YaFP4r.

Federal Trade Commission • Focuses on descriptions that consumers can use to determine if a product is actually green, at http://1.usa.gov/8D7GTp.

Green America • Spotlights 10 tips for shopping at holiday time, at http://bit.ly/ewGLbl.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Provides tips, with additional links on green product purchasing, at http://1.usa.gov/4kfKl.