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    One of the easiest ways to reduce our impact on the environment is to make the choice to refuse or opt-out of buying products that you don’t actually need. Especially here in the United States, we live in a capitalistic society that encourages overproduction and overconsumption. 

    Before you make a new purchase, here are some things to ask yourself:

    • Am I purchasing this item because it is something I need?
    • Is there a way to purchase this item second-hand or in a way that doesn’t demand new resources?
    • How long will I use this item for? Is it meant for single use and if so, are there alternatives that can be purchased to reduce having the need to replace it in the short term?

    The key takeaway is, just say no by refusing to buy products that aren’t necessary or are harmful to the environment. To learn more, visit our Education Page.

    Image: Compressed cardboard boxes