Classified ads provide a great resource to engage in both sides of the responsible consumption equation – by buying used, you are ensuring that you are not creating demand for the production of a new item. When you downsize or sell used goods, you are allowing someone else to make a socially responsible purchase.
Consider the impact of the item after you start using it as well. You can reduce emissions by biking instead of driving, or looking for energy efficient home appliances. In addition to being purchases you can feel good about, these investments will save you money on gas and electricity.
Did you know that cotton production typically utilizes more insecticides than any other individual crop? Consider buying used and vintage clothing rather than purchasing new. Many people get rid of ‘like new’ or barely worn pieces – unless you choose to share that the item is used, others will be none the wiser about your eco-friendly fashion sourcing.
Trees and forests are integral habitats for wild animals, and are key to maintaining the natural beauty and ecological balance of Canada. With such a wide array of choices of beautiful used, antique, and retro furniture, you can save trees and money without sacrificing style.
The age of technology and gadgets causes a lot of pollution – minimize the impact of your electronics purchases by ensuring that broken ones are recycled appropriately, and buying or selling used devices.