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Go Green or Bust? When to Buy Organic

Pesticides, parabens, phthalates, oh my! You know you should go green, but living eco-friendly 24/7 can be pretty rough on your wallet. (Little known fact: "Organic" is Latin for "expensive.") The truth is, while there are a few arenas in life where you should shell out for the greenest label possible (spinach, we're looking at you!), there are also products you can safely skip. Read on and let us navigate you through the eco-green waters.
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Verdict: Be mainstream

The Environmental Working Group, who created the Dirty Dozen list, have also ID'd the Clean 15: the fruits and vegetables least likely to have pesticide residues. When it comes to onions, avocado, asparagus, eggplant, mangoes, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and more, you can feel good about skipping the organic label and saving some dough.