Eco-Friendly Alternatives Tips

Buy Eggs in Cardboard Cartons.
Cardboard egg cartons are made from recyclable materials and biodegrade quickly.  Avoid egg cartons made from plastic or Styrofoam because they take very long to biodegrade and the processes that are used to make these containers produce harmful by-products. 

Buy food that is in season and grown locally.
Support your local growers at Farmer’s Markets across Los Angeles.  The fruits and vegetables at local Farmer’s Markets come directly from nearby farms which give them a much shorter travel time.  This produce is fresh and healthy and is better for the environment because it does not have to be transported a long way.  The transportation of food and agricultural products constitutes more than 20 percent of total commodity transport within the U.S.  Buying food locally reduces harmful CO2 emissions released from trucks, airplanes, and cargo ships.  Go to ams.usda,gov/farmersmarkets to find the farmer’s market nearest you.

Bring your own bag.
Our landfills and oceans are full of plastic bags that consumers use to carry groceries or other purchases.  Consider taking a canvas bag or other reusable bag with you to the grocery store for your next shopping trip.  Try this practice at all types of stores.  Next time you are updating your wardrobe, tell the cashier that you will pass on the bag and put that new pair of jeans in your reusable tote!  You will be helping the environment and think of all the time you will save not having to throw away all those bags!

Use green paint.
The Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one of the top 5 hazards to human health.  Paints and other coatings such as stain, varnish, and lacquer continue to release low levels of toxic gas for years after their initial application.  Look for nontoxic paints for both interior and exterior surfaces.  There are now eco-friendly durable and waterproof nontoxic paints and sealers for all of your painting needs.

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