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It is becoming easier and easier to know what effects the things you buy have on the environment. Be aware of what the things you buy are made of, where they come from, and how they made it to you. All of this knowledge determines how you impact biodiversity in your back yard and around the world. And remember, you have the power to choose what you spend your money on.
- Consume less. Use things until they wear out, buy second-hand, repurpose old things into something new.
- Choose products – printer paper, canvas totes for groceries, bank checks, or clothes – that are made of recycled material or can be reused or recycled. You can also find usual items made out of unusual reused and recycled materials. Nau is a CI partner with this kind of business model.
- Support companies that think about the environment like you do. CI has partnered with a number of eco-conscious companies such as Office Depot, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, and Starbucks.
- Even your shampoo and conditioner can be green. Aveda, a CI partner, is committed to producing all-natural personal care products. The company can trace its ingredients from the communities they grow in to the bottles they are sold in.
- Having a party? Go ahead – use real plates, glasses, and cutlery. Your guests will feel special, and you’ll avoid a huge amount of waste.
- Be a one-bag family. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost to reduce your weekly trash contribution to one bag or less.
You can also eat green. >>