Tips for Greener Living

The growing season is a great time to adopt new, Earth-friendly habits. However, you can practice sustainable living every day of the year — with just a few simple changes and eco-friendly products from your local Giant Eagle®.
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Conserve natural resources daily. Choose sustainable products and take simple energy-saving measures.

Choose sustainable products

  • Carry reusable shopping bags — available at Giant Eagle®. Each lightweight, insulated bag costs just 99¢ and holds lots of groceries!
  • Look for grocery products made from recycled materials — they often have a specific designation on the label. Choose packaging made of recyclable materials, such as glass bottles or aluminum cans, instead of materials like Styrofoam.

    Try these!
    • Nature's Basket® Paper Towels
    • Nature's Basket Bath Tissue
    • Nature's Basket Snacks and Nuts – These are certified USDA organic items in packaging made with 51% post-consumer product.
    • Nature's Basket Salads – This organic salad is housed in packaging made from plant materials rather than oil.
  • Choose regionally-grown and organic produce. Organic produce uses fewer natural resources and is typically raised with natural fertilizers rather than chemicals. Regionally farmed produce requires less fuel to transport to Giant Eagle. Read more about our produce here.
  • Select natural and organic groceries. Giant Eagle offers more than 30 types of organic fruits and 70 varieties of organic vegetables and bagged salads. In addition, many stores carry organic chicken and beef items, snacks, cereals, bottled and medicinal teas, juices, waters, soy/rice beverages, sports/nutrition drinks, dried fruit and granola, energy/nutrition bars, vitamins, paper and cleaning products, herbs and homeopathy, aromatherapy and health and beauty care items.
  • Fill up with greener fuel. Redeem your fuelperks!® for E85 and domestically produced bio-diesel fuels at select GetGo® locations. These fuels reduce harmful emissions and improve vehicle performance. (Editor's note: Only vehicles designated as "Flexible Fuel Vehicles," or FFVs, can accept E85 fuels, and only vehicles with diesel engines can accept bio-diesel fuels. Learn more about Flexible Fuel Vehicles and vehicles with diesel engines courtesy of a U.S. Department of Energy-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnership.)

Take easy energy-saving measures

  • Choose eco-friendly lighting.  Replace light bulbs (or entire fixtures) where lights are typically left on the longest, such as your family and living room, kitchen, dining room, and porch. Place bulbs in open fixtures that allow air flow and, if replacing a bulb operating on a dimmer switch, look for bulbs specifically designed for this use.
  • Turn off home electronics when not in use. Setting each computer and monitor in U.S. homes to sleep mode would reduce annual energy costs by $1 billion and prevent 15 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to emissions of more than one million cars.
  • Choose an energy-efficient refrigerator. In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy-consuming appliance. To save energy, save money and fight global warming, choose refrigerators that exceed minimum federal standards by at least 20%.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Don't pre-rinse dishes – tests show it doesn’t improve cleaning and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. If you’re buying a new unit, look for water-efficient models – they use only about only about four gallons per wash.

Conserve natural resources every day. Taking just one of our suggested Earth-friendly steps will have you enjoying greener living – often, at lower cost – in no time!