How to Shop, and Save, Green

Yes, things are pricier, but there are steps that go easy on wallet and planet
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2008 11:27 AM CDT
Valeria Zaitsevia, of Staten Island, buys bread at the Bread Alone organic whole grain bakery stand at the Union Square Farmers Market, June 13, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Want to green your grocery list while keeping more green in your wallet? Grist lists a few ways to buy eco-cheap:

  • Make a list: Buying only what you need keeps costs and waste down.
  • Avoid GMOs: Genetically modified crops reduce agricultural biodiversity and raise serious health questions.
  • Buy organic: Organic food is much better for the environment, and can be cost-effective if you choose carefully.

  • Buy green cleaners: Make homemade cleaning liquid out of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda.
  • Buy local: Eating locally produced food cuts down on transport emissions.
  • Grow your own food: The ultimate low-cost, local-eating solution.