One way that Janis has become aware of her purchasing habits is through an internal dialogue. “I have a pause at least and I’ve walked away from tons of things, or maybe I’ll just wait a day to get it, and usually you won’t, you’ll forget about it….In the fashion world, there is this new thing called ‘30 wear promise’: when you buy something, you should say, ‘Can I get 30 wears out of this piece of clothing?’ If not, should you be purchasing it?”
When you want to purchase something, pause and think. Do you need it? Do you own an alternative item that serves a similar purpose? For things that you do need to purchase, consider buying used, fair trade, and/or local. “I’m a big fan of used merchandise,” Fish said. “Imagine if swapping and donating was something we all did all the time!”
“At the end of the day, we just have to consume less. It doesn’t matter how green you are making a product, we have to stop consuming so much stuff,” said Janis. Being aware of these impacts can help you make more sustainable purchasing decisions.