Buy less, for Earth’s sake

Reducing purchases can lessen environmental impacts

It’s time for all of us to seriously question ourselves before purchasing any more planet-clogging stuff, especially brand-new items instead of used ones. Here are a few questions to ask:

• Do I really need it?

• How is it going to improve my life and the lives of others?

• How did its production impact the environment?

• How will its eventual disposal further impact the environment?

The Global Stewards website suggests exercising the 30-Day Rule, which says avoid impulse-buying by waiting 30 days from the time you decide you want a product until the day you actually purchase it.