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Date: Mar 22, 2018

By Richard Keller, Recycling Marketing & Promotional Manager, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

Here’s something simple you can do to live a greener life. Before you buy a product, think about a product’s environmental effect. How was it manufactured? How will it be used? How will it be disposed, reused or recycled?

Whether you call it green purchasing, precycling or environmentally preferable purchasing, buying green can make a difference in the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Buying green can cut energy use, reduce the amount of materials that are disposed, limit natural resource consumption, and reduce generation of greenhouse gases.

Before you buy, consider choosing these types of environmentally preferable products:

  • Recycled content products
  • Remanufactured products
  • Products that reduce waste or use less packaging
  • Products that need less energy to manufacture or use less energy in daily use
  • Less toxic or less hazardous products
  • Reusable and recyclable products
  • Re-used products from thrift stores, charity stores, and flea markets. You can get more information from the Baltimore County Reuse Directory.

We make purchases based on price, quality, availability and brand loyalty. Add environmental impact to this list the next time you make a purchase.

We’ll all breathe a little easier.

Revised September 11, 2017