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Girl's Guide to Going Green

Go green in style with our expert eco-chic tips for eating, wearing, and living green!




  • Read Carefully: Check the label before you hit the checkout. Products labeled "organic" must consist of 95 percent organically produced ingredients, but products containing 70 percent organic ingredients can use "made with organic ingredients."
  • Go Halfway Vegetarian:Cut your meat consumption in half and replace those proteins with fish like wild salmon and trout. Avoid farm-raised salmon (full of banned PCBs) and canned albacore tuna (loaded with mercury).
  • A Cleaner Dirty Martini: From pesticide-free vodka to carbon-neutral rum, there's an outpouring of greener drinks sure to satisfy your deepest thirst. Try Veev Organic Vodka for a refreshing vodka lemonade, and use organic fruit juice as a mixer.
  • Chocolate That's Good For You: Bloomsberry, LLC, a Salem, MA-based chocolate maker, have teamed up with TerraPass, a green energy broker, to offer Climate Change Chocolate bars. The price includes enough carbon energy credits from TerraPass to offset your carbon footprint for one day.
  • Know Where to Shop: Shop smart when stocking up on groceries. Stick to the periphery of the store—the most heavily processed foods are shelved in the middle. Imagine you're trolling the aisles with your great-grandma in tow. If she wouldn't recognize something as food—read: Gummi Bears or Cap'n Crunch—think twice before picking it up.
  • Fresh Food Spoils Quickly: Stay on top of what's in your fridge. Some tips: Many stone fruits, like peaches, and tomatoes keep longer at room temperature; refrigerate herbs in a glass of water, stems down.
  • Organic Doesn't Mean Clean: All produce is susceptible to nasty bacteria such as E. coli. Soil and runoff water that's contaminated with E. coli can get onto produce. Your best defense: Wash everything thoroughly under running water.
  • Put Away the Plastic: Careful where you throw your plastic bottles. Plastic accounts for up to 80 percent of all debris in the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Recycle instead.
  • Cut Down on Meat: Producing one calorie of meat protein burns more than 10 times the fossil fuels as does a calorie of plant protein. Going vegetarian does more to reduce greenhouse gases than exchanging your gas-guzzler for a Prius. Not ready to give up meat? Commit to eating strictly vegetarian every other day.
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