Buy. More. Stuff. (Actually don't) - Sustainable Shopping Tips
We like a good deal as much as anyone. But you know that paying a lot less for something you don’t really want or need is really no bargain at all.
Some of this weekend’s "bargains" will end up in a landfill or incinerator when they break or become obsolete, maybe as soon as a few months from now. Many of our purchases can have other big environmental and social impacts, too. They can be over-packaged and non-recyclable, and offshore or irresponsible manufacturing can pollute air, land and water and endanger workers’ health and the communities where they operate.
Here’s a simple framework we hope you’ll consider to help guide your shopping and gift-giving decisions:
- Don’t Buy Anything. You’d be surprised how often making something yourself or re-purposing something you already have ends up being the right choice, with the lowest cost and the smallest footprint.
- Buy Local. Buy Organic. Buy Fair Trade. Local purchases and items that have earned Organic or Fair Trade certifications are often the most sustainable and a better value over the long term.
- Reduce Single-Use Disposables. Durable, re-usable goods and products save resources and protect our water from unnecessary trash and pollution.
- Make a gift to Clean Water Fund & Get a Head Start on Giving Tuesday. There’s no wasteful packaging. No toxic manufacturing. No shipping involved. 100% satisfaction knowing you’re taking a stand to Protect Clean Water at a time when your involvement has never been more important.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season.