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Green Shopping List

We encourage you to make environmentally conscious choices when purchasing household or office items. Check out some of our suggestions below.


  • Mini-fridge: Consider sharing with a roommates/workmates and be sure it’s an Energy Star fridge.
  • Laptops, printers, and other electronics: When purchasing TVs, DVD players, and microwaves look for Energy Star products or the EPEAT certification. Before you buy a new printer, see if you can share with roommates/workmates and make sure it has a sleep mode option and can print double-sided.
  • Smart strips and power strips: Power strips and SMART strips are a great way to make it easy to save energy by switching off electronics and chargers when they aren’t in use. SMART strips allow you to turn off certain electronics together, while power strips allow you to turn off everything at once.
  • Lighting: Desk lighting is one of the most efficient ways to light your space when you’re working. Consider an LED bulb for your desk lights, they might cost a little more but they’ll last over 20 years!
  • Irons: You would be surprised how many irons and ironing boards we find in the move-out donation boxes at the end of the year! Before purchasing these items, check if you can borrow them from your roommate(s) or friends.

Furniture and Bedding

  • Sheets and Towels: Consider organic cotton and other materials (e.g. bamboo fiber) which eliminate pesticides and herbicides, making it better for your health and the environment. Don’t forget a clothes drying rack to save money and have your clothes last longer!
  • Furniture: Higher quality and durable furniture can be donated and reused; low-quality particleboard-based furniture usually ends up in a landfill.

Food and Water

  • Bottled Water: Why waste a $1.50 each time that you’re thirsty, Evanston has great tap water so bring a reusable bottle or cup and fill from the tap or bring a water filter.
  • Reusable items: Reusable water bottles, mugs, shopping bags, and food containers are a convenient and less wasteful option than single-use materials.
  • Grocery Stores: When it comes to purchasing the food you prepare, be sure to take advantage of Evanston’s options:
    • You have the opportunity to meet local farmers at Evanston’s year round Farmers Markets!
    • There are Whole Foods Markets in Evanston that sell local and organic food in addition to several small grocers.