Our shopping choices can have a major impact on the planet—and by making smart decisions about what products we buy and what values those companies stand for, we can use our purchasing power for good.
For example, you can find 100% recycled toilet paper or opt for biodegradable coffee cups on your morning commute instead of using single-use plastic cups. These seemingly small changes add up when you consider how many people are changing their habits at once!
Every city on Earth has a problem with plastic pollution, and single-use shopping bags are a huge part of that. But it’s easy to avoid using them! Buy reusable cloth bags from your local thrift store, or make your own by recycling old clothes into tote bags. You can even make bags out of old pillowcases, which is a great way to use up any pillows you have lying around the house that are no longer in good enough condition for sleeping on. (This is also an easy DIY project that kids can participate in!)
Buying in bulk is a great way to reduce the amount of packaging your products come in! Not only that but buying in bulk results in less transportation waste (because there are fewer packages to deliver), and it reduces your carbon footprint by decreasing the number of times you need to go shopping! Plus, if you buy items like toiletries in bulk, it’s easier to find brands that don’t use animal testing. So, when you’re out shopping next, pick up your favourite snacks and household products by the case and save money while saving the planet!
This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people still buy plastic water bottles when they’re out and about. Getting in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle with you is one of the best ways to cut down on waste and make sure you stay hydrated as well.
Buying used clothes from thrift stores is not only eco-friendly, but it’s also super trendy! If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, try buying secondhand goods online at sites like Amazon or eBay, which have huge selections of used stuff for sale all over the world. If it’s something specific that isn’t available in a store nearby, chances are good someone else has already posted their own copy up on one of these websites, just waiting to be purchased by someone like yourself.
“Fast fashion” refers to low-quality clothes produced in large quantities at high speed and sold cheaply in order to turn over inventory quickly—it is not sustainable for the planet. However, slow fashion offers an alternative approach where clothes are made with quality materials that last longer than just one season, so they won’t need as much replacing (and thus less waste). This means investing in pieces you really love that will last more than a few washes, and buying from designers who are making quality clothing from sustainable materials.