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5 Ways to Green Your Home: Groceries and Supplies

GBCI: 0920012518

This course is presented in an ARTICLE format.

Telling people to buy less, use less, and reuse more in order to save the planet is easy, but what do we do when we’re grocery shopping and they put the groceries in paper or plastic bags? After being emptied at home, many of the bags end up in the trash.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

Rating system: v4

Published on: March 31, 2017

Average: 3.7 (34 votes)


Many of us might not give much thought to shopping bags being recyclable or reusable. However, they can have a huge positive impact on the environment. The same is true for other paper products. Chemical free toilet paper and printing paper made from recycled materials are excellent green choices. Product packaging is another area where recycling or reusing can significantly impact the environment.

**These articles are part of our book The ROOTs of a Greener Home. The home owner version (not eligible for any CE credit) can be purchased from Amazon as a gift or for viewing on your favorite device. For more information please visit www.GBRIonline.org/ROOTS.


  1. Look at how to reduce the use of paper and plastic grocery bags
  2. Explore alternatives to paper products
  3. Look at how to reduce the use of product packaging
  4. Explore the pros and cons of each alternative method
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States

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