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Sustainable Shopping Links
Before you shop:
If we want to consider the environmental and climate impact of the things we buy, we need to understand the impact of a product from beginning to end. The Life-Cycle of Our Stuff
The Ultimate Green Shopping Guide is a fantastic resource which provides information on everything you ever wanted to know about shopping sustainably.
EarthHero.com is your one stop shop for all things sustainable! Not only are they a Certified B Corporation, but they also have plastic free packaging and carbon-neutral shipping. And right now, 10% of every purchase will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to aid in the Australian bushfire wildlife relief.
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Etee is a great option for plastic-free shopping.
4Ocean funds are used for the removal of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines while helping stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.
Better World Shopper is a public research project dedicated to making social and environmental data available to consumers who wish to utilize their dollars as votes in order to help build a better world.
Green America is a great resource promoting green businesses and containing lots of sustainability tips.
Renewable Energy Basics
Energy sources are either renewable, meaning they can easily be replenished, or nonrenewable, meaning they draw on finite resources. Learn about renewable energy resources and how we can use nonrenewable energy sources more efficiently from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
Eco home improvement renovations are designed to lower your carbon footprint and save you money, benefitting both your bank account and the environment. So, which green home improvements should you prioritize for the best savings, and how you should go about financing them? Check out this article from Bankrate for more information.
In the past decade, solar panel installation costs in the U.S. have dropped by around 70% and in the past year alone they’ve dropped 5%. To help American’s considering installing residential solar power our experts at Bankrate created this guide that breaks down everything they need to know when financing the installation of solar panels including:
- How much installation costs and how much it can save homeowners
- How financing solar panels works
- The tax benefits of solar power installation
Visit the Solar Energy Hub that covers a variety of information ranging from the basics and history of solar power to more advanced information like how to finance solar panels, solar incentives explained, and a guide to solar panels for your home.