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Before spending the green and using up valuable natural resources and energy, ask yourself some basic questions:

  • Do I really need this item?
  • Do I already have something I can re-use instead?
  • Where was it made?
  • Can I buy it either made or grown, locally?
  • How far do I have to drive to get it, or could I get it from a local business?
  • Can I find a recycled version?
  • Is there a DIY alternative?
  • How is it packaged?
  • Is there a ‘greener,’ or organic version of this product?
  • What will happen to it when I’m done with it?

Feel free to add to the list.