Purchasing for the Planet:
An EARTH FIRST approach..
- If something is a natural compound i.e. rock and wood that will likely fit it with most environments, unlike rubbish, it is important to research whether the product was sustainably harvested, and from where in the world did it once reside.
- If something is an easily recyclable product, i.e. metal and glass, it is important to determine if the material’s ingredients are virgin as well as the location and nature of acquiring them. Meanwhile one should pay attention to the source of energy to manufacture the item, and where in the world the finished product comes from.
- If a food or small product, it is important to consider the packaging: will it will contribute to landfills, or compost.
- If the product is complicated, how easy will it be to deconstruct and reuse each component?
- If colored, it is natural to inquire about chemical dyes.
- Is the product durable, and under what circumstances will it compost?