Buy Recycled Products [NEW!] provides links to online stores and companies that sell clothing, paper, building materials, home furnishings, and other products made with recycled content (N.J. Department of Environmental Protection). See also Recycling NJ: Buy Recycled.
Climate Counts can tell you whether your favorite company is taking steps to prevent global warming (non-profit organization).
Good Stuff is a ‘Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy’ with tips, facts, and links you can use to start making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment. (Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization)
Green America’s Responsible Shopper helps you ‘go green’ when buying a wide range of products & services. (Non-profit membership organization)
Sins of Greenwashing teaches you how to spot false or misleading environmental claims on product labels and in advertisements (TerraChoice Group Inc., part of the Underwriters Laboratories). The Federal Trade Commission explains standards for Green Advertising Claims which are enforced by the FTC, and has additional useful information on Green Products.
Eat Well Guide and Local Harvest list places where you can buy locally-grown food; searchable by zip code. Click on the Eat Local map to find out what’s in season in your state at different times of the year (Natural Resources Defense Council). Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices offers advice and recipes for eating more healthfully and sustainably. How to Read Meat and Dairy Labels defines common label terms such as Certified Organic; Free-Range, Pasture-Raised or Grass-Fed; Certified Humane; Hormone-Free, rBGH-Free, rBST-Free, or No Hormones Added; Dolphin-Safe; Natural; Grain-Fed; and similar terms (Humane Society of the United States). See also What is Organic? (USDA). To find information about sustainable fish & seafood, see Seafood Watch (Monterey Bay Aquarium) or EDF Seafood Selector [NEW!] (Environmental Defense Fund).
EWG’s Skin Deep [NEW!] is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. EWG also has similar guides for Household Cleaning Products and Food (Environmental Working Group)
Greener Electronics includes resources to help you buy more environmentally-friendly electronic products (Electronics TakeBack Coalition, sponsored by the Tides Center; non-profit organization). See also Story of Electronics [UPDATED LINK!] (Center for Environmental Health).
Shopping for Light Bulbs [NEW!] explains the different types of light bulbs now available, and how you can choose the most efficient bulbs that meet your lighting needs.
So Kind Alternative Gift Registry makes it easier to give and receive non-material, homemade, second-hand, and environmentally-friendly gifts (Center for a New American Dream).
Links updated April 2016.