May 1st, 2013
Your guide to having a greener, healthier home all year long
by: Sydney Loney
rom the coolest green products to helpful tips for making your home more eco-friendly, here's how to live like it's Earth day, every day.
Buy food with less packaging
Discarded packaging makes up around one-third of all waste in industrialized countries, says Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. And all that packaging has a negative affect on climate, and air and water quality. (The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis of different packaging for tomatoes found that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) clamshell packaging increases tomatoes’ associated carbon emissions by 10 percent.)
The best way to limit the impact of packaging waste is to prevent it. Choosing foods with less packaging can also be better for our waistlines, since highly processed foods that are low in nutrients generally use more packaging than healthier, less processed options.