Green Practices Toolbox - Pocket Guides

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The key to a green lifestyle is making conscious choices to use sustainable and safe, toxin-free products. There are many handy pocket guides available that can help you on the go. In addition to the traditional folded cards, you can get advice right through your cell phone!

The AZA Green Scientific Advisory Group has provided a list of pocket guides that cover consumer products to action steps you can take to lead a healthier life for yourself and the environment.

Start with Huddler's Green Home Guide to Pocket Guides and then check out these additional resources:


Environmental Defense Fund Seafood Selector
Pocket Selectors for general seafood and sushi

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Excellent fact sheets for many popular seafood species

Shedd Aquarium Right Bite 
Also identifies fish high in mercury

World Wildlife Fund guides
Guides for France, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, Indonesia, and South Africa

Consumer Products

National Geographic Green Guide: Plastic Water Bottles
Describes the plastics indicated by the number in the recycling symbol, how they are used and which ones to avoid.

ZRecs: BPA-free Plastics Guide
Sources for BPA-free feeding items and pacifiers for children.

Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide
Greenpeace ranks tissue paper on percentage post consumer content, total recycled content, and whether or not the paper is bleached.

Environmental Ratings on Household Tissue Paper Products
The NRDC also offers a guide on tissue paper. It is more comprehensive than GreenPeace's guide, but not designed as a wallet card.

Green Practices

Detroit Zoological Society Shades of Green Guide
Everyday things you can do to green your life

Lincoln Park Zoo Green Guide
Practical tips for greener living

Stanford University
Be greener -- in the home, at the store, on the road