Tips for becoming a 'greener' mystery shopper

In recent years, public and private organizations alike have been pushing for more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

In recent years, public and private organizations alike have been pushing for more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. While the real changes occur on a massive scale, self-employed professionals such as mystery shoppers can still "green" their work methods.

First of all, buying green products such as organic groceries and recyclable materials is a step in the right direction, but it's also important to consider your traveling methods and the companies with which you work.

Ultimately, you need to "think" green before you can be green. Weigh your personal environmental impact and consider ways to reduce it with each assignment you accept, product you purchase and scheduler you meet.

"Continue thinking about the products you choose to purchase and their impact on the planet," writes Cathy Stucker for the Mystery Shopper's Manual. "Try to make sure you reuse anything you can, including your shopping bags. Make sure to plan your shopping route ahead of time to maximize your miles per gallon."

Stucker adds that shoppers should develop a list of practices and objectives for their renewable lifestyle and adhere to them in their shopping practices.