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Watercooler: How to make green choices at the store

Published December 29, 2012 10:36 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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.