Shopping Tips

I just came across these shopping tips in a recent article in the San Diego Natural Guide and thought I would pass them on to you.

An average person throws out almost 4 pounds of waste a day. Over the course of a year, that’s almost a ton of garbage per person.

Before making a purchase, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do I really need this?

2. Can I borrow or rent it?

3. Can it be recycled, re-used or repaired?

4. How much energy and resources were consumed to create this and transport it to  me?

5. Can I get it in a form that has recycled content, was grown organically or has less packaging? (1/5 of our waste is from packaging)

6. Was this product produced in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner?

7. Even if this product seems sustainable, do I really want my money to go to this company?

Hmmm…something to think about! Even if you can just take one or two of these tips and put them into practice…you will be making a difference.