Anything purchased has its cost – environmental, economic, and social. When purchasing items, products, and services, it is imortant to consider the waste produced by that product. When it’s feasible, repair rather than replace a product. When purchasing, whether it be for clothes, shoes, furniture, household items, or things you just want, consider secondhand options. Though difficult, the goal is to have as little as possible end up in a landfill. For every item you buy, try to picture its final destination. Will it be recycled, placed in a landfill, or dumbed in the ocean? Look at what you’re buying and ask yourself if you need it. If you do need it, buy it. If you don’t need it, decide if the environmental, social, and economic costs are worth it. Sometimes it is and sometimes, it isn’t. Think of it as a scavenger hunt for the most environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable choice out there!


  • Buy products that minimize non-recyclable packaging
  • Buy secondhand products
  • Recycle packaging
  • Bring your own reusable bags
  • Sell, give away, or recycle items when you are no longer using them, rather than throwing them in the trash
  • Resources:
    Reduce waste at home
    9 Simple Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home

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