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Consumerism is a part of daily life in our society, and as a mystery shopper you are paid be a consumer. This does not mean, however, that you have to be wasteful. There are many different ways you can do your part each day to be a green mystery shopper, which will help curb the impact you make on the environment, as well as your wallet—while still helping you to earn money shopping.
1. Be a Green Purchaser
As a mystery shopper, like any business owner, you certainly have to spend money to make money. As a green shopper, it’s how you spend your money that is important. Green shoppers should buy recycled and organic products whenever possible, or items that are inherently reusable in order to minimize their environmental impact.
2. It’s All About the Packaging
For many companies, the packaging of a product is the biggest part of the presentation that helps seal the deal with customers. Many companies, however, are switching to more environmentally-friendly post-consumers products to package their wares. Other companies offer their products in containers that can be reused for other purposes. It’s best to think “outside the box” when making your purchases. Consider the packaging and its impact and/or reusability when making your final selection.
3. Be a Star—An Energy Star!
Energy-saving innovations have been on the rise in recent years, and so has the amount of products out there that proudly sport the Energy Star logo. Products that bear this symbol have been tested by the EPA and have been proven to be energy savers. One item of particular interest is the compact fluorescent light bulb, which could help you save hundreds of dollars over the life of the bulb.
4. Size Matters
In certain cases, size does matter, especially when it comes to waste. Buying products in bulk actually reduces the amount of packing used in regard to the total amount of product you are purchasing. Not only that, but buying in bulk for necessary items will ultimately reduce the amount of times you have to visit the store, which cuts down on your fuel consumption and emissions.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
When it comes to being a green shopper, it takes time and consistency to develop good green habits. Continue thinking about the products you choose to purchase and their impact on the planet. Try to make sure you reuse anything you can, including your shopping bags. Make sure to plan your shopping route ahead of time to maximize your miles per gallon. There are so many things we can do to do our fair share and minimize our impact on the environment as green shoppers. Put this list next to your shopping list next time you head out.
This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of green and organic shopping. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.