Shop Conscientiously

When shopping, try not to buy products or support companies that cause harm to wildlife and natural habitats.

Avoid products that contain ingredients such as unsustainably harvested palm oil, the production of which threatens many species. Choose free trade and ethically produced products when available.

Try to recycle whenever possible, and avoid products that are not recyclable or do not bio-degrade, such as micro-beads and other plastics.

Use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program resources to help you make responsible seafood choices.

Avoid souvenirs and products that contain animal parts or contribute to the destruction of habitats, especially when traveling.

Excerpt from Losing Altitude, by Arras Wiedorn.

Artwork by Crystal Carpenter.