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Eco-Friendly Goods That Are Worth Your Money

Even the most indecisive shopper may find herself on a decision making whim while grocery shopping these days: the cheapest item wins, right? Well, it shouldn't always, unless of course you really can't afford to consider how green are the items in your shopping cart. The quality of certain eco-friendly goods can promote better health — something that could save you money in the long run.

About 20 percent of you said that you're willing to pay more for earth-friendly products, and there are some good arguments why more of us may consider doing the same. Here's something to consider — you don't always need to choose the eco-item. Knowing which ones are worth the extra cost will grant you some better decision making power in the grocery store. Learn which green goods are a go when you


According to Lisa Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart magazine, organic produce is safer and more nutritious and is therefore worth the premium. She recommends purchasing organic fruits and vegetables that you eat whole or with the skin on and organic baby food, but suggests that it's not worth your money to buy produce like bananas, watermelon, and avocados because you don't consume their coverings.

Lisa says that the "grass-fed" label on meat is meaningless, but you should try and buy USDA-certified organic meat, poultry and dairy products. Regarding household products, she thinks green cleaners are a better choice because regular ones can impact your health. And while eco-friendly paper goods like toilet paper and paper towels are better for the environment they do not directly affect your health, so it's up to you if the extra money is worth it.


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KerryG KerryG 9 years
In the past it was possible for the label "grass-fed" to be applied to meat that was raised primarily on grass but fattened on grain, but they recently changed it so it can now only be applied to genuinely grass-FINISHED meat. Which is far healthier for humans and the environment, and more humane for the animals. The American Grassfed Association is working to strengthen the label even further. Sources:
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
I agree with Lauren; it's not just about your health, it's also about the environment. I don't like how Lisa completely disregarded buying items for environmental sustainability because it's slightly more expensive! And buying locally is a good way to ensure more naturally grown produce. Hit up the farmer's market!
yaffadreams yaffadreams 9 years
I like Method cleaning products. Have tried other brands and Method works the best for me. As for other items, I try to buy local fruit and veggies and I don't buy meat. Rare times I do, I buy organic.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
I'm not a meat-eater so just passing along the info from what CNN considered a reliable source. But if I do take up eating meat I'll keep your grass-fed info in mind!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Thanks casa! I just read the Omnivore's Dilemma and thought the grass-fed comment was a little backwards.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Sometimes it is not just about your health.
Home Home 9 years
Actually, grass-fed meat is much healthier for you and has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, which can't be said for corn-fed animals. In addition, grass-fed meats are almost guaranteed to be raised more humanely, since the cattle/buffalo/etc. must be farmed on open land to feed them, and aren't part of some hideous "cow concentration camp" that has been linked to mad cow disease.
lizs lizs 9 years
Eco-friendly paper and feminine products (those not made with chlorine bleach) were/are supposed to be better for you because they don't give off dioxin, a known carcinogen. Concerns about dioxin were what led to a lot of eco-paper changes a few years ago (Ben & Jerry's switching to brown cartons, for instance). I can't find a clear consumer answer from a reputable source...wonder what the current verdict is.
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