Buying less is a good start, but buying good quality products made from non-petroleum products is also key. This means avoiding plastic, and buying as locally as possible (saves on fuel used during transportation.) good quality products last much longer, meaning they won’t need to be replaced as soon and they remain out of landfill. For example, instead of purchasing 5 shirts made from a man-made fabric (petroleum based product) from China that will last through a few washings before falling apart, purchase 1 shirt made of organic cotton, made in the U.S. that will last for years.
The average consumer should look at what the material is composed of, selecting products that are as natural as possible and can break down in landfill without causing harm.
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