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   Purchasing Decisions
  
Packaging
  
Shopping bags
  
Packaging Food
  
Clothing & Personal
  
Purchases
  
Services
  
Gifts
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Purchasing Decisions

  Products that remain useful reduce the need to purchase new products.

  It may be worth paying a little more once rather than having to repurchase
    products, reducing the need to produce more products.

  Energy efficient appliances will save you operational costs in the long run.

Packaging


  When you are shopping for groceries or other products make your
    selections based on the quantity of packaging used (less is definitely
    better) - not only on price or temptation.

  When there is a lot of extra packaging you are invariably paying more for
    the product because you're paying for the packaging.

  The excess packaging gets thrown away and has no real use.

  Buy products like cleaning agents in bulk size. See below.

  Buy concentrated products - like juices or cleaning products. This reduces
    the amount of packaging used.

  Buy loose items instead of overly packaged fruit and vegetables.

Shopping Bags

  Reduce your consumption of plastic shopping bags by reusing those you
    already have. See Reuse

  Purchase reusable fabric bags, so that you don't have to buy plastic ones.

  Use your own bags or baskets for your shopping.

  When the shop teller asks if you want bags - say" No thanks I've brought
    my own."

  Once you've unpacked your shopping put the bags back into your car or
    hand bag.

  When buying loose fruit or vegetable items at the supermarket, get the
    items weighed without putting them in the bag, receive the pricing label
    and then put them in one plastic bag. Put multiple labels onto one bag. 
    This reduces the consumption of plastic bags.

Packaging Food

  Reduce your use of plastic bags and clingwrap by reusing existing
    containers.

  Make food at home and store it in reusable containers instead of buying
    take-aways. This saves on disposable packaging of take-aways.

Clothing & Personal Purchases

  Think twice before buying something.
      Do you need it or just want it.

  Everything we buy has emitted emissions due to the manufacturing and
    transport.

  Be a smart shopper and buy things that last.

  Avoid buying toys that require batteries.

Services

  Hire goods if you don't need them long term instead of buying, e.g. a
    trailer or a drill

Gifts

   Give gift experiences instead of products that someone may not
     need or want. For example movie vouchers, spa treatments, extreme
     sports or adventure outings, sporting events or the theatre.

  Some people have everything. Make a donation to a worthy cause in
    their name.

  Make a donation in someone's name to an environmental or animal
    welfare organisation.

  Plant a Tree for Life  have a tree planted in someones name as a gift
    that will last many years  if not a lifetime.

  Give the gift of time  volunteer. There are so many organisations
    that would appreciate your time and effort.

  Reuse gift bags. Pass them forward.

  Buy gifts made from recycled materials.

  Give food packages.

  Give fruit or nuts.

  Give speciality food items that someone wouldnt buy for themselves
    (nothing environmentally unsound).

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