As consumers, we have to reflect on what we buy, use, consume etc. We need to learn how to spend our money with intention. It is useful to develop a couple questions to ask yourself for your next eco-friendly shopping, and find out if you really need the product.
Do I need this?
We often buy certain things just because they look nice or because we just want it without a valid reason, but we don’t ask ourselves whether we really need it. And don’t get me wrong, it is okay to buy things just because we want it, just make sure your purchases are intentional.
Has the product been produced sustainably?
Check if the product has been made overseas or locally – this can tell you more about the carbon footprint of the item. There are sustainability certifications such as fair-trade and certified organic – this can tell you how ethically and eco-friendly the product has been produced. You choose who you give your money to – choose wisely!
Can I borrow it?
We’ve all been there – you have a wedding to attend, but no shoes match the outfit you’re wearing. Rather than going straight to the shopping centre, ask your friends if they have anything that might work for you and they don’t mind lending for a day. If you can’t find what you need then you can look into thrifting it and still sustain an eco-friendly lifestyle.