Every day, we purchase goods and services to fulfil our needs. Our purchasing decisions can have a huge impact on the environment, greenhouse emissions from production and transportation, and waste. The following tips can help you make environmentally friendly purchasing decisions.
A sharing economy allows people to borrow or rent items instead of buying them. The oldest and most popular example of a sharing economy is the library, where one book is read by hundreds of people over the course of its life. A newer example of the sharing economy is car sharing, where a fleet of cars are shared by people who pay just for the time they use them. Another example is tool lending libraries, where you can borrow a drill to use for a day or two instead of having to buy one.
Decide what you really need
Before purchasing a product, ask yourself the following questions: Are there alternatives to purchasing the product? Can something you already own be used instead? For example, you may be able to use a cleaning chemical for more than one purpose, or make a product from ingredients you have around the house.
Here are some other tips from the Green Living Guide:
- Look for an
- Choose less paper and packaging
- Buy local
- Buy used or second-hand
- Make your own
For more details on these and other tips, check out the Sustainable Purchasing section of the Green Living Guide.