If you buy smart products that don't contain powerful greenhouse gases (high GWP gases), you can reduce your impact and you'll be doing something smart for the environment. You can do this by simply not using or using less air conditioning (in the car, at home or work), refrigerators (if you have more than one), foam products (styrofoam cups/containers, foam packaging, foam based home insulation, etc.) and aerosols (hairspray, shaving cream, etc.)
Buying smart also means buying used! Used items not only do you not add any new emissions caused by transporting manufactured goods from the point of production. You also stop the emissions that would have been caused by the manufacturing and packaging of new items.
Why buy smart?
When you purchase sustainably, or buy smart goods and services, it will help you to:
- Reduce your impact on the environment
- Address social issues and improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities
- Use items that are good for your family
- Save money over the life of a product or service
Saving money and reduce your costs is important. Buying cheap can cost more in the long run, so it's often frugal to spend more on quality. This also reduces the volume of waste you send to landfills.
Use energy and water efficient products. This way you can cut your utility bills in a significant way. You can also reduce your carbon emissions when you buy energy efficient products to reduce your energy use.
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If you buy things, you have power. The power to improve regional and indoor air quality. The power to lessen the toxic chemical burden afflicting babies and young children. The power to change the fate of a magnificent animal living on the other side of the planet. The power to make your earth a healthier, more sustainable place to live. Use your power wisely – buy smart.