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On The Money: Making green choices at the store

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service –

The green revolution has reached well into the consumer realm, and created buying opportunities that can both have a positive impact on the environment and household budget.

If you’d like to reduce your ecological footprint and perhaps make a green-friendly statement, including during the holiday season, 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. http:///

—National Geographic’s Green Guide: Covers several green living topics, and includes buying guides.

—Federal Trade Commission: Focuses on green shopping descriptions that consumers can use to determine if a product is actually green. http:///

—Green America: Spotlights 10 tips for green shopping at holiday time. http:///

—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Provides green shopping tips, with additional links on green product purchasing. http:///

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