Reducing your impact starts in the store. When choosing a product, considerations such as organic ingredients and fair trade materials play a big role, but packaging is also an important component of a product’s eco-friendliness. Opt for materials that are recyclable or made from post-consumer materials.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable labels, the universal recycling symbol is used to designate recyclable materials in a product or a product’s packaging. The three chasing arrows symbolize “closing the loop” by recycling and buying recycled products.
This makes it important to understand your curbside program or local recycling facilities. Once you have a handle on what is accepted, you can make better purchasing decisions.
To assure that you don’t fall victim to greenwashing (making misleading marketing claims about the environmental benefits of a product) look for one of these top 10 eco labels.
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