Most of the environmental impact of a product is actually in the harvesting of resources, the manufacturing of the product (and packaging) and the transportation of the product to its destination. So, rethinking the way we shop – what and how we choose to buy – can have a big impact on our waste stream.
The Green Spot is Central Oregon’s Resource for Sustainable Living, and lists many local sustainable businesses, who work towards reducing their waste as much as possible. Check it out sometime!
- Ask yourself, “Do I need this?” (Chances are you don’t).
- Use sales to purchase higher quality items, not stuff that’s just a good deal.
- Purchase items with minimal packaging.
- Buy local! Locally made goods don’t have to be shipped far and generally consume less packaging. Check out The Green Spot for local sustainable businesses, many of which have “zero waste” initiatives.
- Buy in bulk or “value pack” where possible. You’ll save money buying the items
you use a lot of in bulk. Some products aren’t available in bulk yet are available in large containers or in concentrate. You can save an average of 52% off heavily packaged products by shopping this way.
- Purchase durable products that can last a lifetime. You’ll probably end up spending a lot less over time, and aren’t wasting time replacing inferior goods that just don’t last.
- Choose classic colors and styles that become staples in your home and closet and last several seasons of use.
- Purchase products that are refillable or reusable.
- When buying clothes, be ruthless on fit. When you buy things that fit you are more likely to wear them for the long term.
- Research items to see if they are repairable.
- Will more stuff really make you happier?