Flex your shopping power

2012-06-05

Learn to live with less.
Before you make a purchase, pause to reflect on whether or not you can live without it. Remember this quote: If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Norris

Reuse-Repurpose-Repair:
The new three-R’s! Need something? Reuse, repurpose or repair something you already have. Let friends and family members know what you are seeking because they might have one they want to part with. Check local listings for second-hand items that are in great condition and can fit your requirements.

When we have to go shopping, consider these ideas to help make informed decisions and help reduce your ecological footprint.
– Bring your canvas shopping bags, bins or baskets
– Buy local and in-season produce
– Avoid over-packaged goods

And even how you get to the store makes a difference. Drive selectively and with pre-planning. For a day of errands, plan your route effectively. Know the places you must visit, and work the other stops into the route along the way. Essentially it’s like driving in a compact circle instead of zig-zagging and back-tracking.

Even little steps can go a long way as we choose to flex our purchasing power.