Responsible Purchasing

What we buy has a dollar amount cost and a cost in raw environmental resources. To lessen your impact, support brands that are conscious of their energy impact. Here are some other helpful tips:

  • Stay Close to Home: Products that travel far distances increase greenhouse gas emissions. Choose local produce, seasonal offers and nearby markets.
  • Pick Products with Recycled Content: Products labeled “made with recycled materials” have a better bottom line because fewer raw materials are used in production. This also means materials that would have been waste were incorporated back into a sellable product. 
  • Offset Your Carbon: While an individual’s first goal should be to reduce his or her personal carbon footprint as much as possible, it is often impossible to reduce it completely. If you really want to be responsible for your purchasing and spending, offsetting offers you a chance to reduce your footprint. An offset helps reduce, remove and avoid GHG emissions by supporting an environmental project that naturally absorbs CO2. An offset project could be planting new forests, capturing GHGs from landfills or even from a herd of cows (cows release methane in their waste). These projects create other benefits too, like jobs, healthy forests, clean water and watersheds, and protection of endangered species.

Visit Sustainable Brands Digital Library to explore these ideas and more.