•  Buy fewer things that are high quality and will last.
  •  Buy things that are used or have recycled components.
  •  When you are done with something, pass it on to a new owner. 
  • Recycle trash.

Globally, one fourth of all green house gas emissions are associated with making stuff. 10% is for construction and 15% is for physical products. Many of these products end up in a landfill when they could have been reused or recycled. When you avoid buying a new product, you save on emissions from sourcing virgin materials, from manufacturing and from distribution.

Buy quality, not quantity. Say "no" to junk, even if it is a deal. Buy something that will last and that can be repaired. Enjoy less clutter and spend less time cleaning.

Choose low carbon designs. If a product uses energy, look for efficiency. For example, a laptop or tablet computer uses less energy than a desktop. Choose sleek designs that make spare use of materials. Support designs that incorporate reclaimed materials or recycled content. Pick products made out of materials that don't require high carbon processing like clay and wood over carbon intensive materials like metal, glass and stone.


Buy used goods. You can look online to find exactly what you want. You will get better stuff for the same budget, and produce less carbon. The next time you need furniture, sports equipment, or a costume, give it a try.

Recycle. When a product is made of recycled paper, aluminum, plastic or glass, carbon emissions are much lower than if it is made of virgin materials. Landfill emissions are also avoided.

Share or rent products you don't need all the time.

Upcycle. Use old materials to make new things. An old quilt can become a shopping bag; a wooden palette can become a bookcase. Let your creativity flow.