|It just might be time to get a new mower....|
Every once-in-a-while I check out the environmental blogs and articles on the web. Invariably I click away in disgust. Most of the chatter seems to be about great environmental products that are so green that you can’t live without them. When I start reading the green resume of the products I am often surprised at what constitutes ‘green’ to the bloggers.
And then I look at the price. Even if I like the product and have a need for something like it, I don’t get the green product because I can’t afford it.
While more of us are becoming familiar with ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ I think we would be well advised to also remember an older phrase ‘use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without’ as well.
Neither of these phrases covers what to do when you finally need to buy something, but here are some tips to help:
- Ask: do I really need it?
- Check to see if you already have something that will work for you, but you just hadn’t realized it.
- Look for hand-me-downs, items from thrift stores, or second hand shops.
- Don’t buy fad items. Look for colors, and designs that looked good 30 years ago and will still look good in five years.
- Decide what you will do with the product after you are done with it. My running shoes are a good example. I can only use them for running for a year or two. Then they get rotated into my work shoes. When I get done with them at work, there is little left to dispose of.
We all need a certain amount of 'things' in this world, but by thinking and planning ahead we can cut our 'things' down to a manageable level that all of us can live with.