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When it comes to products, the 3 R’s {Reduce – Reuse – Recycle} can help to determine how eco-friendly it is.

  • Reduce the impact of the material the product is made from.
  • Buy high-quality products that can be re-used easily and often.
  • Recycle the scraps created from the manufacturing process.

Ask these questions about the product:

  1. What type of material is the product made from?
    • Is it recycled?
    • Is it from a fast-renewing resource?
    • Is it produced LITE*-ly? (*with Low Impact to the Environment)
  2. What is the product’s lifecycle?
    • Will it bio-degrade easily?
    • Is it durable enough to be re-used over and over again?
    • Is it recyclable?
  3. How does the supplier reduce its impact on the environment?
    • Does the supplier aim to reduce its carbon footprint?

 Determining the “green”ness of a product can be a grey area. You’ll need to decide which components are most important to you. For example, using a local supplier is more eco-friendly than shipping in from another continent, but the organic cotton grown in Turkey and Pakistan puts less toxic chemicals into our ecosystems than conventionally-grown cotton in the U.S.

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