Energy-efficient appliances and equipment. If you’re buying a washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher or oven, buy the most energy-efficient model you can afford. The same goes for office equipment like computers, copiers and printers. More on energy efficiency...
Biodegradable cleaning products. These have fewer negative impacts on the soil and water system.
You can reduce your consumption of raw materials by:
Buying long-lasting items instead of cheaper, less sturdy versions several times over
Buying second-hand items
Repairing appliances and furniture instead of replacing them
Reusing whatever you can – such as containers, building materials and clothing
Reduce bags and packaging
Product packaging and disposable bags are just a waste – what you really want is the thing inside.
Less packaging could reduce what you buy – and immediately throw away – by about 10%. This means less waste in landfills, which release large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
Buy in bulk.This will reduce the amount of packaging materials you consume.
Avoid overly packaged items.
Bring your own bag. Using your own bag instead of the plastic or paper ones given away by stores reduces waste. Some retailers now offer rewards to customers who do not request disposable bags. Why are plastic bags so bad?