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:///www.greenerchoices.org
—National Geographic’s Green Guide: Covers several green living topics, and includes buying guides. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/
—Federal Trade Commission: Focuses on green shopping descriptions that consumers can use to determine if a product is actually green. http:///www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/general/gen02.shtm
—Green America: Spotlights 10 tips for green shopping at holiday time. http:///www.greenamerica.org/programs/shopunshop/buyinggreen/HolidayTips.cfm
—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Provides green shopping tips, with additional links on green product purchasing. http:///www.epa.gov/osw/education/pubs/shopping.htm