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.

When Shopping

  • 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.
  • 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?

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