We tend to have a lot of stuff, and each item we own has an impact from production to disposal. (Check out The Story Of Stuff video for more info.) Before you purchase something, consider first whether you need the item, or whether you can borrow it, trade for it or make it from something you already own.
A sharing economy allows people to borrow or rent items rather than purchase them - from books to tools to cars, there are a lot of variations.
If you do need to buy something, buy sustainably. Consider buying used, buying local and looking for eco labels. And consider the packaging. Choose something that has minimal packaging, or if possible, buy in bulk and bring in a reusable container for it.
Check out our Change Habits for Climate guide’s section on sustainable purchasing for more ideas.