- In lieu of a scientific product analysis, here are some simple questions that will help you evaluate a product, based on information that may be apparent or on the label:
Is it safe? (Read the label.)
Is it from recycled or renewable materials?
Will it last? Is it produced locally?
Is it produced in a sustainable manner? (Organically grown, certified wood.)
- Support legislation that requires ecological labeling of products, so that consumers can be informed and can choose to patronize companies that are environmentally responsible.
- Share, borrow, use the library, use the internet;
- Re-use: hold a yard-sale, buy second-hand, donate;
- Exchange services;
- Repair, rather than throw away;
- Invest in socially responsible portfolios. Entrust your funds to companies that support your values;
- Evaluate the foods that you routinely eat in terms of sustainability. Some types of seafood have been over-fished, while some types of meat production are considered resource-intensive.
- The most effective and inexpensive way to care for natural resources is to PREVENT waste and pollution.