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Simple Tips for Greener Groceries

“Bus or car?”

“Publix or Trader Joe’s?”

“Chicken or beef?”

“Organic or imported?”

 

Decisions, decisions.

 

“Paper or plastic?” isn’t the only choice at the grocery store. In fact, it’s only the beginning, and like all of the questions above, none of these scenarios are black and white. Thinking outside of the box bag gives you more options and more opportunities to flex your brain and put those newly learned green-minded skills to use.

Here are some simple tips to save you time, money and plastic at the grocery store:

  1. Making good choices at the store goes far beyond simply using reusable bags, but they are certainly a great start. Cloth bags hold more than a  plastic or paper bag, and using them prevents your would-be disposable bag from entering the waste stream. But if you’re in a pinch, paper is a (slightly) wiser choice than plastic. For an in-depth analysis of that debate, check out this excellent Treehugger piece.
  2. If you’re only buying one or two things of produce, don’t use a plastic bag. Just rest the item gently in your bag or cart. This was the biggest revelation for me, because most people use a plastic bag even for something as simple as a single apple. Skip that and buy your snack plastic-free!
  3. However, if you are buying enough produce that it would look silly rolling around in your cart, try paper bags. Some stores have them near the mushrooms, or you can always bring some from home. They can be recycled or thrown into a compost pile when you’re done.
  4. Whenever you can, buy products in bulk.  Bulk products, which include things like nuts, grains and flours, can be purchased as some stores in great quantities. The larger the quantity, the less plastic you use to bring it all home. Pro tip: avoid single-serve anything whenever you can. It’s a complete waste of plastic.
  5. Try carpooling with friends, or making your grocery run just one stop on your errands. The most economical use of your car or bus trip means less fossil fuels wasted for your trip to stock up on snacks.
  6. And as always, remember to be on the lookout for The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15 and to be seasonal!

Some of these steps can be accomplished by choosing to source your products as locally as possible whether it be at farmers markets or independent grocery stores (hint: Ward’s is a great Gainesville choice!)

Good luck grocery shopping!

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Greener Eats

Healthy food is currently making a resurgence in popular culture. Even the all-mighty villain of good eats, McDonalds, now offers apple slices as a side choice for their kids meals! As food trends go, I think this one is here to stay. But why exactly are your eating habits so important from a sustainable standpoint?

Whether or not you go fully vegetarian/vegan or remain omnivorous, eating less meat is a cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly way to go. Livestock and meat production is highly land, energy and resource intensive. If you’re in for a long read, the Vegetarian Society has a very in-depth piece on the environmental benefits of going veggie. One of the main points is that worldwide, farmed animals produce more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s entire transport system (18% of the total vs about 13%).

If that number doesn’t jump out at you, then don’t worry. You don’t need an environmental justification to enjoy vegetables! Cooking without meat (or dairy, if you so choose) allows you to be much more creative. Instead of relying on fat and meat to flavor everything, you get to experiment with the whole rainbow of spices and natural flavors. Plus, cooking your own vegetables means you can make them exactly the way you like them best, whatever that means to you.

Or, if you’re not ready to fully commit to a meat-free lifestyle, you can follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous food writers, Mark Bittman, who writes for the New York Times. Bittman is a member of the growing movement of people who define themselves as “flexitarians”. Not vegan/vegetarian all the time, just more often than not. He sums it up perfectly in this article, titled “Going Vegan, if Only for a Day”.

While I am not personally a vegetarian or vegan, I try and live a little lighter on the planet by choosing more vegan options. One of my favorite ways to do this is by exploring food blogs. There are thousands on the internet, but I’ve found a few vegan/vegetarian blogs that I’m just obsessed with. I’ve shared a few below, I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I do!

Produce on Parade

I list her first because Katie, an Alaskan vegan with a healthy sense of humor and adventure, is quickly becoming one of my favorite food blogs – period. She lists tons of comfort food, vegan style. I guess it comes with the territory when you live somewhere that cold! Her awesome recipes come complete with beautiful photographs, so I highly recommend you check them out!

Rockstar Recipe: I have yet to try any of hers yet, but her Coconutty Cinnamon Roll Pancakes look out of this world!

 

Cooking Stoned

No, he isn’t really stoned. However, Jerry James Stone is an EXCELLENT chef. A vegetarian, Stone often dabbles in vegan or gluten-free recipes, all accompanied by cute instructional videos and recipes.

Rockstar Recipe: Everything I’ve made by his recipes has been great, but his Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Crushed Pine Nuts and Parmesan are a hit among all of my friends, and they’re so easy to make!

 

The Vegan Stoner

This website is downright adorable. Every recipe is illustrated by cute, cartoony depictions of the ingredients that look, well, a little high. Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes are the designers behind the recipes and drawings, and their mission is to offer vegan recipes that don’t require an extensive kitchen of ingredients or complicated instructions to prepare.

Rockstar Recipe: I’m a big fan of their Cashew Ambrosia Salad. It’s creamy, nutty and sweet. They even have a cookbook in select stores, with even more doodles and cheap, easy vegan recipes.

Oh She Glows

Angela Liddon’s vegan blog is one of the most popular and established in the genre. She has hundreds of popular recipes, and updates frequently. In addition, some of her recipes are gluten-free, soy-free or free of processed foods. There’s a ton of recipes to choose from, so get ready to fall down the rabbit hole of vegan cuisine.

Rockstar Recipe: I love her Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash with Black Bean Guacamole for a hearty and flavorful meal. I recommend plenty of her desserts as well, for those with a sweet tooth.

 

Budget Bytes

While this food blog may not be particularly vegetarian or vegan themed, this is my all-time favorite food blog. Beth caters to those with good taste and slim wallets. She does a price breakdown of every recipe for the budget-concious readers, which is great. She has a drop-down menu on the side that has vegan, vegetarian and vegetables categories.

Rockstar Recipe: I’m currently working my way through her recipes, but Beth so far has not disappointed. Recently I made her Island Rice Pilaf  for my roommates and they ate up every bit. Although, to be fair, it’s like that with every one of Beth’s recipes.

 

Bon Appétit!

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Greening Your Game Day

999766_10151883300359104_1683425524_nGame day is here once again, Gator fans, so rise and shine to watch the boys of old florida do WORK in the Swamp.

But while you’re enjoying the day’s festivities, why not take a hint from Albert and be a little greener?

Whether you’re grilling and chilling in the comfort of your house or on campus, here are a few tips to ensure your game day is a little more eco-conscious.

First of all, the simplest way to make a difference is to bring the same Earth friendly habits you have at home to your tailgate. The number one way to do this is to reduce the amount of waste you create. Use reusable dishes, cups and silverware instead of paper or plastic. They can be purchased cheaply at thrift stores, or you can pool your resources with your friends and use what you have.

But if you must go disposable instead of reusable, recycle or compost everything you can. An easy way to encourage your guests to do the same is to have a clearly marked spot for recyclables and compostables. Do you want to do more? Consider volunteering for the Tailgator Recycling Team and helping to keep the Swamp clean and green.

Time to fire up your grill. What to use, propane or charcoal? Propane may be a fossil fuel, but it burns cleaner, which means it releases less airborne pollutants into the atmosphere. Charcoal is much dirtier, not to mention more cumbersome and unwieldy. However, you can choose a better charcoal, one made of renewable, plant-based waste products like these coconut shell charcoal briquettes. Skipping the chemical-laden lighter fluid and using a charcoal chimney made of newspaper gets you even more bonus points. This handy tutorial explains the technique quite nicely.

Now comes the fun part – food! Switching out your hot dogs and burgers for veggies is the easiest way to make your tailgate green. Vegetables taste awesome grilled, so even if you aren’t serving them as the main course, it doesn’t mean your tailgate has to be strictly carnivorous. Sourcing your munchies as locally as possible is another simple way to reduce your impact. Beverage wise, Gainesville has plenty of awesome local or organic brews just waiting to fill your coolers.

As for the entertainment, remember to not leave your car running if you’re using the radio. Or, you can skip the fossil fuels all together and try something cooler, like this solar-powered wireless speaker system.

Next is a tip that seasoned greenies are used to hearing, carpool! Walk, bike, bus or dance to the stadium, whatever works for you. Reduce your fossil fuel use and spend a little more time in nature in the process. And if you must bust out your hot rod, try not to ride solo. Plus, parking on game day is miserable anyway.

Once you get to  the stadium, remember that they recently added compost bins in addition to the recycling bins. You can now toss your empty popcorn box, hot dog wrapper and straws in the compost bins. Check the complete list of acceptable compost items out here. In the recycle bins, toss  your plastic bottles, cups and spoons.

You made it! Now sit back, enjoy the game and go (green) Gators!

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Green Your Routine: Shower Time

Water makes the world go round. What you save in the shower will (eventually) make its way all around the globe. Photo by Alex Harris.

Water makes the world go round. What you save in the shower will (eventually) make its way all around the globe. Photo by Alex Harris.

The next time you’re busy getting steamy, it may be a better idea to make it just a quickie.

I’m talking about showering, of course. And unless you’re all about inviting another person into your moment of zen, these tips will help you cut your water bill and ecological footprint by quite a bit.

Chances are, if you’re already showering instead of soaking in a tub, you’re congratulating yourself on how much water you’re saving. And you’re right! Sort of.

See, no matter how you stay clean, you’re still using water (unless you’re trying the whole “dry bathing” thing), and water is a pretty precious resource. Using less water not only saves you money on your water bill, but it saves energy. Conserving water bypasses the lengthy extraction, purification and transportation process all of our drinkable water has to go through. Bottom line: less water is better.

“But I’m good!” you may say. “I take 15-minute showers every day, that’s practically nothing. Right?”

Actually, wrong. The average shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, which makes your innocent 15 minutes of clean not-so-green  at all. That quick rinse uses 37.5 gallons of water, enough to fill two kegs with some to spare. When you shower daily, that adds up.

So how can you green your hygiene?

  1. Shorten your shower: The simplest way to avoid wasting precious H20 is to just spend less time in the shower. Try timing yourself on your phone and making it a goal to beat your “best time”. Do you really need to spend that extra 20 minutes debating what you could and couldn’t have said to that cutie in line at the coffee shop today? Didn’t think so.
  2. Try turning the water off: If you’ve never heard of a military shower, it’s a method of bathing that involves using the water from the shower head in bursts, and doing activities like soaping up, shaving and washing your hair while the water is off. Those dry minutes add up to save you big-time on water.
  3. Do less things in the shower: The first time you brush your teeth in the shower, it feels like an epiphany. It feels so productive. You feel like a multitasking god. But actually, those few minutes you take to brush your teeth, shave, or what have you, can be done in the sink with significantly less water than the sink.
  4. Start the water once you’re already in the shower: This one is simple. Running the water while you’re not even in is just waste. That cold water blast can be invigorating, and just think how good the hot water will feel once it warms up!
  5. Adjust your temperature and pressure: Showers that feel like a fire hose are just plain uncomfortable, as are those that feel like a light summer drizzle. Try and aim for a low-pressure middle ground. But a word to the wise on cold showers, leave them for teenage boys. You’ll probably spend more time ducking the freezing cold water than actually bathing. But a lukewarm shower can be a relaxing way to cut down on energy without sacrificing too much.
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5 Apps to Green Your Phone

With all of the information out there about how to “go green”,  it’s easy to think that the only ways to save the Earth involve moving backwards in time — biking instead of driving, gardening more, using less electricity — but in fact, technology sometimes makes sustainability simple. We’re attached to our cell phones all day, every day, so why not try some apps that will educate you on making more sustainable decisions?

All of the apps are free to download and (almost) all of them are available for both iPhone and Android. Check them out and let me know what you think!

1. Locavore

Availability: App Store and Android Market

What is it? The app is super simple. It has you set up a free profile (find me if you’d like, I’m GreenGatorGirl), which gives you access to a map plotting out all the local farmers’ markets, farms and CSAs. It also includes a handy chart showing which fruits and vegetables are in season right now, which are peaking right now and coming up soon. There’s also a section devoted to recipes that you can make using your newfound fresh, local produce. The “local locavores” section allows you to find other active locavores in the area and connect with them. You see which farms and markets your followers have “liked”. You can also share pictures of your latest local finds.

Why should I download it? I like it for plotting out exactly how close every farm and market is to me. So the next time I head to Union Street, I can tell which farms are closer than others. The recipes section is nice, but there are better places to find recipes, as the selection is limited.

2. Good Guide

Availability: App Store and Android Market

What is it? As the promotional video puts it, we “vote with our dollar” every time we make a purchase. Many people strive to make better decisions in the grocery store, but knowing every little thing about every product can be a herculean task. The Good Guide app helps you determine the background of all kinds of grocery store goods, just by scanning their barcodes. You can sort by issues that are important to you, including if the item in question is organic, fair trade or meets any animal welfare certifications. It also connects with the Good Guide website, which is even more comprehensive.

Why should I download it? This is a cool one. If you want to know the social and environmental responsibility of a product, this is a great way to find out in the store. I don’t yet know exactly how detailed it is, but I see a decent enough number of products represented.

3. iRecycle

Availability: App Store and Android Market

What is it? This app makes recycling a breeze. Simply select what you’re trying to recycle, and the app will suggest local spots that accept whatever you’re getting rid of, even the tricky stuff like batteries and cell phones!

Why should I download it? If you ever need to recycle anything, this app makes it so easy. It’s definitely worthwhile to keep this on your phone for when you need it.

4. Green Genie

Availability: App Store

What is it? This is the most comprehensive green living app I’ve ever seen. With Green Genie, you have a world of information about any eco-friendly subject you desire. It has lists of companies, organizations, projects and blogs for your perusal. There’s also a glossary to define all the words that are casually thrown about in the sustainability community. There are hundreds of projects, sorted by size, difficulty, location and how much good they’ll do. This is a fun app to explore and learn from.

Why should I download it? If you’ve ever been curious about something in the sustainability community, this is the app to sate that curiosity. Plus, it’s free!

5. Lightbulb Finder

Availability: App Store and Android Market

What is it? Knowing that using CFL and LED lights is more sustainable is simple. However, finding the exact replacement bulb sometimes isn’t. Lightbulb Finder is a free app that helps consumers find the better lightbulb to replace their old one. It’s highly customizable and comes with a host of recommendations. It even lets you name and save your specific lightbulbs so you can easily re-find the bulbs when the time comes to replace them again.

Why should I download it? If you have plenty of lamps with many strange bulbs, this app comes in handy, especially if you own your own home.

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Recycling Tips

Alachua County is great at recycling, but what about you?

The numbers are in! Alachua County  has had the highest recycling rates in the state of Florida two years running. That’s a whopping 50% of all solid waste recycled. Even the next runners up, Lee, Brevard and Marion counties, are a whole five percentage points behind.

That effectively makes Gainesville one of the most sustainable counties in Florida. Pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler is knowing that the state of Florida has even bigger dreams.

Florida has a goal to recycle 75% of all waste in every county by 2020. Impossible? Maybe. On the right track? Absolutely! Lofty goals like these push everyone involved to act aggressively to meet them, and that’s exactly what’s going to help our county, our state and our world become more sustainable.

But why is recycling important? For one thing, by reusing materials, we cut down on how many new materials we need to harvest, including trees, water and oil. By recycling, we lessen groundwater leaching from landfills and air pollution from incineration. Recycling literally makes the planet a cleaner place to be.

You can help Florida reach this goal by recycling as much as possible at home, at school and work. Recycling just one ton of paper saves  17 trees, 6953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4077 kilowatt hours of energy. UF recycles over 2,000 tons of paper annually from campus. So next time you go to toss an old exam, aim for a recycling bin and let that scantron live on to terrorize someone else.

If recycling still confuses you, or you just need a refresher, here are some helpful hints for what goes in the bins:

In the blue bin:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Jars & Tubs 
  • Steel/Tin Cans (empty aerosol included)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Gable top and Aseptic Cartons (milk and juice containers, with or without the screw-on tops)

But what about the caps?

In order to get your recyclables in perfect condition for the bin, remove all caps from plastics. Plastic bags, trays and styrofoam are not accepted in the bins, so try and use less of them in general. Jars, bottles and aluminum cans should be rinsed and have the lids removed. Put the aluminum can lids inside the can for safety.

In the orange bin:

  • Newspapers/Magazines/Catalogs
  • Telephone Books/Manuals/Paperback books
  • Paper Bags/Wrapping, Packing & Shredded paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard & Pasteboard (including clean pizza boxes)
  • Office Paper & Junk Mail

For paper products,

Place the blue bin on top of the orange bin to protect your paper from the wind and rain. Remember not to include any plastic bags or foil wrappers. Please put shredded paper in a bag so it doesn’t fly away.

However, pizza boxes are a special case. College students go through a fair lot of them, but most people have no idea that they are not recyclable if there’s any food contamination on them. So if your pizza box is a bit too greasy for the streets, why not try something more fun?

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5 Tips to Make Your Turkey Day More Sustainable

The holiday season is upon us! Now there’s an extra five-day weekend putting some much needed space between you and your next exam. Even better? The weekend is filled with a regular smorgasbord of savory snacks and delectable dishes. Suffice to say that Thanksgiving is a holiday a lot of college students look forward to.

Freshmen and seniors alike are returning home to see friends and family, and to maybe impart a little of the knowledge they’re picking up back in Gainesville. So how about coming home this year with some knowledge that will actually make a difference? Here are five tips to help you make your family’s feast a little more sustainable.

  1. Go local. By now you’ve realized that I’m all about the local food. It has so many benefits, the least of which is the opportunity to connect with your agricultural community. Since you’ve been informed about how great farmers’ markets are and visited the Gainesville one (right?) why not make a fun family event out of it and check out your local farmers’ market? Check online listings for the one nearest you.
  2. Go organic. Again, I believe I’ve made my point about how organic is a good choice for you and your family. Check out my earlier post about which produce is better organic for the most budget friendly choices.
  3. Go meatless. I know, I know, what blasphemy on the most hallowed of meat-eating days! But seriously, meat production makes a big impact on our planet (greater than transportation) and by eating a little less, you can lighten your impact. But coincidentally, turkeys are one of the most sustainable livestock to farm and produce. Try sticking with just the turkey, and keep the rest of your sides carb and veggie focused.
  4. Watch your waste. Americans waste a tremendous amount of food (40% of what we make annually, to be exact). Save your leftovers by giving them to friends and relatives or taking them back to school with you. Give away extra canned and pre-packaged food to nearby shelters, or maybe prepared food if they allow it. And if at all possible, compost what’s left. A more realistic method to reduce waste, however, is to use cloth napkins and actually use plates and silverware at your event. Washing dishes later is worth it compared to having needless plastic sit in a landfill for a few thousand years.
  5. Recycle. All those bottles, cans and boxes that went into preparing and serving your food have to go somewhere. Why not the recycling bin? Making an effort to save the recyclables is a great step to reducing waste as well, and saves overall time and energy to create new products further down the line.

This info-graphic is a great resource for checking to see what you can do to follow these tips, and more. Have a happy, fun and sustainable holiday!

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Seasonal Food

What does it mean to be seasonal?

When you walk into the produce section of your local grocery store, chances are that it looks the same as it did yesterday. And the same as it did last week, last month, last year – you get the idea. The produce display at major grocery stores is static. It doesn’t really change all that much throughout the year. The most “seasonal” a store ever gets is offering pumpkins in October and November. So what’s wrong with that?

It’s simple – it doesn’t reflect the natural world. In today’s society, modern technology has made it possible for us to have any type of produce at any time, from anywhere in the world. This is a fantastic step in globalization and international trade, but it isn’t very sustainable. The natural world has a rhythm, and every fruit and vegetable has a certain time when it should be planted and harvested, depending on the weather and time of year. However, technology has enabled us to take produce that might have originally only been available in the summer, grow it halfway across the globe and ship it back to our stores in the middle of winter. Other tactics include genetically modifying a plant to lengthen its growing season.

Certainly this is a great thing for keeping up a varied diet and for the ability to make your favorite dish at any time of the year. Though the costs of producing food outside of this cycle are not immediately visible, they are significant. Produce not grown in season just doesn’t taste as good as naturally in-season food does. Tomatoes become watery red globes devoid of flavor, apples become mealy and bland ,and we lose the opportunity to enjoy our food at its peak of freshness and flavor.

But if flavor alone doesn’t sell you, take into account that produce grown halfway around the globe has quite a journey ahead of it. This journey requires produce to be harvested way in advance, pumped with preservatives and then artificially ripened when they finally arrive. Choosing foods in-season minimizes your exposure to pesticides and allows your food to spend more time ripening naturally.

Last but not least, eating food along with their seasonal rhythms affords us a connection to our natural world that can be difficult to find today. We experience the seasons and the flavors to which they are intrinsically linked. Spring has the most mouthwatering strawberries. In summer, sweet corn is king. Fall brings hearty pumpkins and squashes, and of course, winter is when Florida’s famous citrus ripens to perfection.

For more information about seasonal food in Florida, this chart is a great resource.

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

Fresh, local produce at a farmers’ market in Orlando, Fla.

Other than sounding like the tagline for a cheesy superhero B-movie, these silly-sounding terms actually have meaning in the green community. The “Dirty Dozen” are so named because they represent the foods that are most affected by pesticide use. If you’re going to buy anything organic, this is the produce on which you should splurge.

The reason they’re more “worth it” to buy organic than other products is that these fruits and vegetables are more affected by pesticides used in production than other types of produce. The list includes produce that were tested and shown to have high pesticide residue, or found to have multiple types of residue – in some cases greater than 80 types of pesticides were discovered on a single sample!

It’s understood that the higher prices of organic produce can often drive consumers away, especially college students on a budget. The general consensus is that it is better to eat non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables than to simply skip them altogether. However, if you make a habit of eating fresh produce, it is suggested you trade in for organic for at least these twelve products.

In an effort to educate the public on the importance of organic food and to make it more budget friendly, the non-profit Environmental Working Group analyzes the Department of Agriculture’s data about pesticide use and puts together these lists every year. They estimate that by switching to organic for just these dozen products, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by 80%.

The Dirty Dozen are listed in order of most pesticides present in the sample. Take a look!

The Dirty Dozen

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries
12. Potatoes

Now, on the other end of the spectrum we have “The Clean Fifteen”. This is the produce with the lowest amounts of pesticide traces found.

The Clean Fifteen

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapple
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mango
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

I hope that the information provided in lists like these will help you make better, healthier and more sustainable decisions in the grocery store. Keeping informed is a simple way to make smarter decisions for the earth and you.

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Green is the New Black

Clothing. Some people care deeply about it, some couldn’t care less. Whichever camp you fall into, what you wear is another facet of our footprint on the Earth, and your choices make an impact.

 

The recent rise in popularity of thrifting is a great example of a simple way to lessen your impact, while still remaining stylish and within budget.

The motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” is applicable to all aspects of life, especially consumer goods like clothing. Pre-owned clothing is generally less expensive, and having more than one owner extends the life of a garment. Plus, it’s a great way to shop the recent vintage trend without breaking the bank.

 

Owning less clothing, which college students are forced to do by space constraints, makes you more resourceful in choosing outfits. This gives you more wear per item of clothing, making it more useful. Ducking into your roommate’s closet (with their permission, of course!) to borrow a shirt is a great way to extend the wear of clothing as well.

 

But if the lure of the mall is too much for you, rest assured that there are ways to make your shopping spree a little better for the Earth, even if the same can’t be said for your wallet. Unlike some greenwashing companies we discussed last week, the clothing industry is held to a standard when they use the term “organic”. So if you see that label on your clothing, it’s definitely a good buy for you and the planet. Clothing made from organic materials uses less pesticides and chemicals in creating and processing the fibers, which means less damage on the Earth and less potentially damaging chemicals touching your skin. Look for materials like organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or organic wool.

 

If it sounds like these kinds of clothes can’t be found anywhere except pricey online boutiques, you’ll be pleased to know that mainstream retailers like the Gap, L.L. Bean, American Apparel, Nike, Levi’s and even Walmart have rolled out their own sustainable and organic clothing lines. Making simple, environmentally conscious decisions has never been so easy. Happy shopping!

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