There are times when I stumble upon an eco product and I have to really stop myself from buying it. I want it but I don't need it. The reason I don't need it is because 9 times out of 10 I already have something that serves the purpose this product would fill. Sometimes the product I am using is not eco-friendly but did you know that replacing it with an eco-friendly item would in fact not always be the best solution.
I really want glass storage containers. I already have enough plastic storage containers.
I want a Chevy Volt in my life. My 8 year Mazda runs perfectly.
I drool over the new Kleen Kanteen plastic free water bottle. I already have an awesome water bottle.
Organic mattress...yep I want one. Our current mattress is relatively new.
It takes a lot of resources to make new products, especially those made from virgin sources, even eco-friendly products. Those glass storage containers I want...it takes 4777 kilowatt hours of electricity to produce 1 ton of glass. The most eco-friendly solution is to keep using the containers I have and when they need to be replaced look for used glass containers or containers made from recycled glass.
As a society we need to separate wants from needs and only buy items that we need. Yes, not having the newest and greatest eco product can be hard for an eco-nerd like me. But I would rather have my plastic cupboard of shame with a plan to replace it with sustainable alternatives as needed than I to dispose of them before they have outlived their use just so I can say I have something cool.
What about you? Do you replace things before they need to be? Are you a needs or a wants buyer?
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