Environmental expert Simran Sethi, from the Sundance Channel's The Green
, says one place to start when making eco-friendly choices is the grocery store.
- Many items come in packaging made from petroleum products. Instead, look "for things that have minimal packaging," Simran says.
- If you must buy disposable plates, look for ones made of 100 percent recycled plastic. "They're dishwasher safe, easy to use, and you can use them over and over again."
- Buy recycled aluminum foil, which requires just one-twentieth the energy of nonrecycled foil. Then, recycle it when you're done!
- Buy organic produce. Because it doesn't use pesticides, it uses less energy. "This is actually going to be healthier for you and healthier for the planet."