By buying organic goods, not only is it good for you, but its good for the planet as well. Organic goods by their very nature do not use any artifical feeds, chemicals or additives; which means a reduced environmental impact too boot.
Fair trade means that the people who grow/produce or manufacturer what you buy are getting a fair payment for their efforts and are able to work in proper working conditions. Usually it also means they are working in a way which is suitable and low impact on the environment.
This applies to all goods. if you buy something which is locally produced or made, less transport has been required to make that good or produce available to you; hence a reduced impact on the environment.
A secondary benefit with food is that it will be often fresher and better for you than food shipped in over many miles.
Must devices when left running in stand-by mode consume a good percentage of the power they did when fully on (i.e. 30 to 70%+) - this can not only seriously dent your electricity bill its also a 'hidden polluter' and its not something you would immediately think about as being a problem.So if in doubt, turn it off.
Second hand has two big things going for it. Firstly for you it will be cheaper on your pocket. Secondly it will put no extra burden on the environment.. Why? Because any manufacturing costs of that item have already been incurred for the first purchaser. In essence buying second hand is recycling in its purest form!This can even be true for older cars, if you are going to do a small number of miles a year, the environmental construction costs of a new car will far outweigh any per petrol mile pollution savings.
One of the biggest differences you can make to improving your 'green credentials' is to change the way you use transport. Short repeated trips to the shops are very nasty on the environment; the car keeps being used in its 'urban' cycle and you burn up many miles compared to what you actually achieve.Aim for a balance:
Be wise in how you use tap water. Quite a lot of resources are employed in providing clean healthy water via a pipe to your property. It needs to be collected, cleaned, filtered, treated, stored and delivered on demand. In most parts of the world clean water is actually a rare resource!Therefore:
The best way to be more eco is to learn more about how to make yourself and your friends and family be eco. For instance we have plenty of online articles on how you can do this, see below, or just look at our Articles Listing.