History of the Eco-Shopping Game
The Eco-Shopping game is a game local to the North Central Texas region and was originally created by TXU Electric and Gas in 1997. The purpose of the game is to help educate the consumer on three aspects of product packaging:
Even though it is important to evaluate how environmentally friendly the product is, the game only focuses on how environmentally friendly the packaging is rather than the actual product. The game was originally developed using handheld computer scanners that allowed the player to select 5 grocery store items that would give them the highest score based on the 3 guidelines above. The game helps you recognize that grocery stores usually provide many different options for each product and you have the ability to select the items that have the least impact to the environment as possible. It helps you learn how to read labels and look for those products with recycled content packaging or packaging that can be recycled and then you can make an educated decision on which product you should buy.
At this point there are only 5 Eco-Shopping games that have been purchased by local governments through grant funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The City of Irving and North Richland Hills were the only communities that had this game however the City of Irving has recently given it’s games to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Schools and educational groups are allowed to check out the game for special events or just to use it as an educational resource. If you are interested in checking out an Eco-Shopping game please email Sandra Barba, Environmental Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eco-Shopping Game CD and Web Game
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