What is buying green?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that nearly 50% of American greenhouse gas emissions are tied to our consumption of goods, materials, and food.

Luckily, there are many ways to reduce the impact of our stuff. In many cases, you will also save money and support the local economy!

It's easy to go eco-shopping. If there are alternatives to making a purchase, these questions will help you consider them.

  1. Do I need or want this?
  2. Can I buy this used?
  3. Can I get this with recycled content?
  4. Can this be recycled when I am done with it?
  5. Can I give a coupon to borrow or rent this instead?
  6. Is there a less toxic option?
  7. If I spend a little more money today on a high-quality or energy-efficient option, could I save money in the long run?

Just start with small steps-a 10% reduction in new purchases in the average 2-person Minnesota household will save 1,102 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents.

Buying for your business? Check out the MPCA’s environmentally preferable purchasing web page and newsletter.