1. Choose products with a positive impact on the buyer, society, and the environment.
You will gain directly and indirectly, immediately and over a period of time, if you will buy products from companies, that manage their business in such a way to:
- protecting the buyer pocket and health, by designing products that are useful, qualitative, durable, and eco-friendly;
- protecting the environment by saving natural resources and reducing waste and toxic emissions in their manufacturing, logistic, and storage processes;
- practicing ethical business (legal finance activity, honest marketing, decent wages, and working conditions for employees, etc.).
Further are recommendations to identify such products:
- ANALYZE THE ADVERTISING:
Choose products that were advertised without urges to practicing excessive consumption. Excess is harmful to the environment because it increases the volume of production, and as a result, increases the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated. Usually, these products are overestimated and aggressively promoted. Here you can find more information about toxic marketing.
- READ THE LABEL:
- The product description.
This will help you evaluate the product parameters, which is the level of consumption, how eco-friendly the materials from which the product is made, and so on.
- The product certifications
This is proof that the company applies in practice certain recognized technologies and standards (this was verified by a recognized evaluation company).
Because many logos and text on the labels are a marketing move (fakes like eco, green, clean, without any proofs), it’s important to know which certifications are appropriate. Here are some examples with recognized certifications:
- GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standards. The presence of this standard confirms the following: the product was raised without chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides); water management in production; good social working conditions; manufactured (at all stages of production: spinning/weaving/dyeing/printing/garment), without any toxic products, neither for the environment nor for production workers nor for users; laboratory test reports proving that there is no trace of GMOs in the DNA.
- Ecocert – detergents with the Ecocert logo, have a minimum 95% of ingredients from natural origin and a minimum of 10% of ingredients from Organic Farming.
- ISO 14001 – all processes in the company are managed in such a way as to improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste;
- ISO 22000 – all processes in the company are managed in such a way as to ensure the safety of their products and the well-being of their consumers.
- Fair Trade – Fair Trade empowers consumers to have a positive impact on farmers, and farmworkers through their everyday purchases.
- Click here for more certifications.
- The product description.
- SEARCH FOR PRODUCT REVIEWS:
Find reviews about product quality. Products that were designed to be comfortable, functional, and durable will be using more and purchased less often. For example, instead of buying 2 pairs of sports shoes per year, choosing the quality, you can do this once every 4 years. This will contribute to reducing the production rhythm, and as a result, decreasing the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated.
- FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
Here you must find out the following information about the Manufacturer and Retailer:
- history – find information about the activities in which the company was involved, for example, social or illegal activities;
- strategy – find on the company website their mission and objectives. Developing and promoting innovative technologies to solve local and global problems is a good sign.
Most likely you will not find the ideal products or businesses, but it is always possible to choose the best ones. In our catalog, you can find such products.
2. Buy second hand
By doing this you will have the next benefits:
- supporting environment, because buying second hand, you will decrease the demand and therefore the production of this type of products, which will also contribute to the decrease in the volume of natural resources used and of industrial and consumer waste generated.
- purchasing quality and sometimes almost new products at low prices;
3. Choose local producers
By doing this you will have the next benefits:
- faster delivery and less carbon footprint because of shorter transport distance;
- in most cases cheaper prices, because there will be no expenses on transportation, storage, and other financial expenses incurred by the retailer;
- a more dynamic local economic development because part of the money earned by the company will be invested locally.
4. Rent products for unique occasions
In some cases, you may want to consider renting products (clothes, transport, technique, etc.). By doing this you will have the next benefits:
- supporting environment, because by renting, you will decrease the production of this type of product, which will also contribute to the decrease in the volume of natural resources used and of industrial and consumer waste generated.
- save money, because some product that you will use only once, have a high price.
5. Avoid spending characterized by praise and excess.
In conditions where natural resources are limited, ecology is endangered and the climate becomes more aggressive, practicing and promoting excessive consumption is irrational. Here you see how are you affected by the cult of consumption.
Further are some recommendations that will help you practice and promote a balanced consumption style:
- buy only the products of real need.
This means that you will not have products that take up space in your home without being used or that you throw away;
- intelligently use the purchased products and the infrastructure you operate with.
This means that you will make savings in the consumption process of food, household products, clothes, fuel, communal services, etc.
Via your consumption style and habits, you will educate your connections.
This means that you will not motivate others to spend more without necessity. So will use the priority by destination: the telephone for calls, the car for transportation, clothes for sun and cold protection, but not to prove your supremacy through the amount of money you spend. This does not mean that you will walk in an ugly and dirty coat or with a non-functional car, you will keep your equilibrium and you will not run into extremities.
6. Increase the product life
By extension of the life of the product, you will contribute to the reduction of the circuit: bought -> thrown -> bought, which will lead to the decrease of the production rhythm, therefore of the use of resources and of the generation of waste and emissions. Here are some recommendations to achieve this:
- Follow the technical recommendations and lifehacks;
- Repair equipment, clothes, furniture, and other objects.
7. Dispose of the product correctly
- Donate products you don’t use to people who need them and can’t afford to buy them. For this you can call these people yourself, call on institutions that deal with charities, or use specialized sites on the internet;
- Sell products that you do not use at second-hand markets or on specialized websites;
- Get creative before you recycle, for example, from a pair of pants, you can make a pair of shorts, from a suit a chair cover, from a leather bag a phone cover, and many other examples that you can find on the internet;
- Recycle. In order for the products, you throw away to become the raw material for the production of other goods:
- makes selective garbage collection;
- compost. Thus, instead of the food waste ending up in landfills, it ends up in gardens. There is a lot of information on the internet about compost. Depending on the volume of waste and the infrastructure you have, you will be able to choose the right option.
- find specialized points for collecting different types of products (applicable when the local garbage collection company does not collect selectively);
Thus, you will save natural resources by increasing the volume of raw materials obtained from recycled waste, and by reducing the production rhythm, you will reduce the amount of industrial and consumer waste.