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King County EcoConsumer - a natural balance of consuming and conserving
King County EcoConsumer – a natural balance of consuming and conserving  


Household tips

boy with clothes dryer

Household tips

Resource-efficient front-loading washers can save you more than $100 per year.

Being an EcoConsumer includes using household products and services that are easy on the environment. Here is a list of links to help you green your household:

Alternatives to hazardous household products
From the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (external)


Electronics recycling listings - Take it Back Network

Energy Star resources for energy-efficient appliances (external)

Fluorescent bulb & tube recyclers - Take it Back Network

Green home remodel guides (external)

Green guide to recycling appliances and electronics (external)

Guide to less toxic products (external)
From the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia.

Junk mail reduction

King County Wastemobile schedule - household hazardous waste collection

Native plant resources for the Pacific Northwest

Native plant salvage

Natural yard care

Phone book opt-out (external)

Rain barrels

Recycling 101 (external)

Shoe repair (external)

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Green lifestyle resources

man changing lightbulb

Green lifestyle resources

Compact fluorescent bulbs use 66 percent less energy and last 6-10 times longer.

Looking for more information on the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use? Link to information on making more informed purchases that benefit your health and the environment below.

Built Green (external)
From King County, Snohomish County and the Master Builders Association.

Center for a New American Dream (external)

Climate Change – King County’s response (external) (external)
From the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Greener Choices - products for a better planet (external)
From Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

Green Holidays

Green living toolkit (external)
From the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Good stuff? A behind-the-scenes guide to the things we buy (external)
From the Worldwatch Institute.

King County EnviroStars program

King County Green Building program

King County LinkUp program - Companies that produce recycled products

Recycled-content product directory (external)
From California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

Reduce waste - if not you, who? (external)
From the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance.

The Story of Stuff (external)
20-minute video about consumption by Annie Leonard

Sustainable Style Foundation (external)
Resources and blog from this Seattle-based non-profit.

TreeHugger environmental web magazine (external)
From TreeHugger, New York, NY

Waste prevention tips

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Reuse websites

thrift store image

Reuse websites

Thrift stores and reuse websites help reduce waste and save you money.

There are a host of websites were individuals can sell, trade, or give away their useable products online. Purchase used products and give perfectly good items a second life! Check out the links below.

Craigslist (external)
Provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

Freecycle (external)
An email list where people give away things that they no longer need for free.

Reuse Links and Resources (external)
A compilation of reuse links and resources available nationally. (external)
An online fashion swap party where you can swap, sell and buy fashion, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and lots more with people from all around the world at any time, day or night.

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Updated: Jul. 24, 2015

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