Buying Goods Tips

Reduce, reuse and recycle as they say (in that order). The three Rs should be on your mind whenever you need to purchase something. Reducing the amount of goods you buy and use prevents waste from being generated in the first place. Reusing waste means finding a way to get the most use out of an item, even if you no longer want or need it, or after its original use has been fulfilled. Although recycling is extremely important, it’s better to reuse something as much as possible before sending it for recycling. Effective waste management and reusing items as long as we possibly can has many financial and environmental benefits.

What we buy has a dollar amount cost and a cost in raw environmental resources. To lessen your impact, support brands that are conscious of their energy impact.
Re-using waste has the feel-good factor of knowing you are doing your bit for the environment and for your pocket.
Reusable shopping bags and paper bags are becoming increasingly popular for customers and stores around the country, replacing plastic bags. Many retailers recognize that reducing the use of plastic shopping bags will reduce litter as well as packaging costs so they are offering discounts if you bring your own shopping bags.
Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide, over 1 million per minute, and most of that ends up as litter.
Product labels can be confusing to consumers interested in buying recycled because of the different recycling terminology used.
Creating a strong market for recycled products is key to completing the recycling process.

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