Less Stuff

GREEN CHOICESREDUCEREUSERECYCLE

Getting Less Stuff: REDUCE:

  1. BUY LESS – do you need it? Can you fix what you have? Can you buy it secondhand? Barter or trade?
  2. OWN LESS – can you borrow it? rent it? or share it? (co-own)
  3. BUY GREENER – consider qualities like: reduced toxicity, reusability, energy efficiency, eco-responsible packaging, recycled content, minimal environmental impact from manufacturing, and minimal or no artificial materials and look for third-party verification (Ecologo, Fairtrade etc.) and sustainable standards.

REDUCE TOXINS

Read the label

Look for products with fewer ingredients

Avoid products with warning labels

Buy organic

REDUCE WASTE

  • Little or no packaging
  • More durable
  • Parts are replaceable
  • Parts are RECYCLABLE
  • Repairable

REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Buy more energy efficient

REDUCE GREEN HOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

  • Buy local
  • Buy energy efficient
  • Make or grow it yourself
  • Buy direct from growers or local market

REDUCE IMPACT

Consider the life cycle of a product (raw materials, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal).