Contrary to the convincing signs you see at health food stores, you don't always need to choose the so-called eco item. Knowing which products or veggies are worth the extra cost will arm you with better decision-making power in the grocery store.
According to Lisa Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart magazine, organic produce is safer and more nutritious and is therefore, worth the premium. She recommends purchasing organic fruits and vegetables that you eat whole or with the skin on and organic baby food, but suggests that it's not worth your money to buy produce like bananas, watermelon, and avocados because you don't consume their coverings.
Lisa says that the "grass-fed" label on meat is meaningless, but you should try to buy USDA-certified organic meat, poultry, and dairy products. Regarding household products, she thinks green cleaners are a better choice because regular ones can impact your health. And while eco-friendly paper goods like toilet paper and paper towels are better for the environment, they do not directly affect your health, so it's up to you if the extra money is worth it.