“Biodegradable” bags, “green” bottled water, “recyclable” plastic products.
These products and more all made our editors’ list of 7 Green(Washed) Things Never to Buy Again, first published in the digital edition of our Green American magazine.
The most recent issue of our magazine explores strategies for going green on a budget, with suggestions in each spending category where Americans spend most of their money: clothing, food, energy, and transportation.
For example, in the food category: Do you know the top ten most cost-effective plants for your garden to save money on your grocery bill? (Answer: Cilantro, arugula, salad mix, chives, dill, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, turnips, large tomatoes, winter squash.)
Below, we link you to more articles from the Green American. If you’re not already a Green America member, you can receive aGreen American subscription when you join.
Here’s to smart strategies for going green on a budget,
There are many sources for information on responsible stewardship, green thinking, new activities…. this group consistently talks sensibly about what needs doing, and how we can get involved. It’s a relief to read their newsletter and go to events that they promote. (I just get tired of reading about $250 organic cotton yoga outfits. Right?) — the editor
10 Ways to Join the Sharing Economy
What if you could get what you need for free and make some really great friends in the process? That’s the concept behind what even the mainstream media has started to call “the sharing economy”—where people come together to pool time, talent, and treasure so everyone involved can get what they need. All around the world, people are sharing their extra time and stuff, saving resourcees and building community in the process.
Want to join in the sharing fun? Try one or more of these great ideas, like #2 (Make Your Home a Pop-Up Restaurant), #4 (Bond With Booklovers), or #8 (Share Your Time).
See all 10 sharing-economy ideas »
7 Green(Washed) Things Never to Buy Again
#3 on our list: “Green” or “Ethical” Bottled Water
What does it cost? $1.75 – $4.50
What’s wrong with it? Bottled water sends approximately two million tons of plastic to landfills each year. Even if all the plastic was recycled, it still represents a huge carbon footprint, especially when you consider how far much of this water must be trucked before it reaches its destination. Plus, plastic downcycles, meaning that you can recycle it once or twice, and then it becomes an unusable mess — which ends up as waste in landfills or the ocean.
Buy this instead: Tap water ($0). If you’re concerned about your local water quality, consider buying a water filter ($30 and up).
See all 7 green(washed) things »
A Tale of Two T-Shirts
The shirt at left costs $45.95. It was responsibly made of US-grown organic cotton by workers in California. A similar shirt, of conventional cotton, made under more suspect circumstances can cost as little as one-fifth the price.
Tracy Ferndandez Rysavy’s article “A Tale of Two T-shirts” explores how to go green on a budget, support responsible supply chains, and still not break the bank.