Rethink your buying habits to reduce the waste you generate.
Before you buy
- Evaluate if you need it. Consider the cost in time and money to maintain it. Think about what you’ll do with it when you’re done with it.
- Consider buying used items. For retailers who sell used items, visit Choose to Reuse.
- Rent or borrow items you don’t use often
- Use up what you have. Check to see if you already have the product you want to purchase.
- Buy good-quality, reusable, durable goods. Avoid trendy and disposable items.
- Look for items with minimal or recyclable packaging. Purchase items in bulk and in concentrate.
- Buy green. Look for credible labels. Be aware of some terms that may not mean anything, such as environmentally friendly, earth-friendly and natural.
- Buy the right amount for your needs. Plan and measure before you buy. Purchase only what you can use before it expires.
After you buy
- Take good care of your items to extend their life.
- Repurpose your items. Find a creative new use for your old stuff.
- Make use of your reusable items. Remember your shopping bags, water bottles, mugs, napkins, towels, and food containers to cut down on waste.