8 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

Sustainability starts at home. When you choose goods and services for your family, make sure they are contributing to the well-being of communities and fostering the long-term health of the planet. Here are a few ideas:

1. Buy foods grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms 

Choose coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, bananas, orange juice, guava, pineapple, passion fruit, plantains, macadamia nuts and flowers that come from healthy farms where rainforest is conserved and workers receive fair treatment. Find out where to buy Rainforest Alliance Certified products near you »

2. Purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood products 

Do your part to conserve forests around the world by buying wood and wood products that are responsibly harvested and processed. See a complete list of FSC Certified wood products.

Dog wrapped in blanket

3. Weather the seasons responsibly

Save energy in the winter by bundling up at home (and keeping your thermostat set to 68), and use ceiling fans instead of electricity-hogging air conditioners in the summer. If you simply must get away to escape the winter blues, purchase carbon offsets for your flight and choose Rainforest Alliance Certified tourism businesses that take care of the environment and surrounding communities you visit.

Elementary students working on the Rainforest Alliance environmental curriculum

Teach the kids in your life about the environment through our fun activities for the classroom and at home.

Photo credit: David Dudenhoefer

4. Learn more about rainforests and teach children, friends and family

Our website offers free rainforest-related lessons and activities that are used in classrooms around the country. Check out the Rainforest Alliance's kids' activities and species profiles to explore the wonders of the rainforest and learn more about the people, plants and animals that live there.

5. Take control of your mailbox

Subscribe to Catalog Choice, a free service that lets you communicate your mail preferences to companies and reduces the number of unwanted catalogues in your mailbox. Utilize the online bill pay options provided by most credit card, gas and electric, and cable companies.

6. Support renewable energy and energy efficient technology

Choose Energy Star® rated appliances, energy-efficient light bulbs and consider installing a solar energy system.

7. Organize a local fundraising event

Bring together neighbors, family and friends for a "Rainforest Run" or a "Rainforest Rummage Sale" and donate the proceeds to an organization that is conserving rainforests.

8. Become a member of the Rainforest Alliance!

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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