Think before you buy

Heather Oslund Hoosier to Hoosier Sale Coordinator

We all buy things and we usually have some sort of choice in the things that we buy. The Hoosier to Hoosier Sale (August 23rd & 24th this year) is a great way to choose to buy used. And there are many local places to get used clothes and housewares (Goodwill, Flea Markets, etc.) or furniture (Habitat for Humanity ReStore, IU Surplus, Flea Markets) all year round. And these are all great options, but there are even more opportunities to reduce your footprint in terms of material resource use.

Mindful Buying
Other ways to reduce your material resource use

Have you ever bought something and then never used it? Those impulse buys that we get just because it was SUCH a good deal. I know it felt great at the time but how did it feel once you got it home? Not so great anymore, huh? If we can catch ourselves before we make that purchase we can save ourselves a lot of money, grief, clutter, oh and the environment.

A lot of the time we look for ways to buy things at lower prices but when you can reduce the amount of things you buy you can afford things of higher quality even if they do cost a little bit more. For example, you could buy a bunch of paper towels that you will have to keep buying and throwing away or you can invest in some very cute organic cotton flour sack towels to brighten your kitchen and reuse for a long time to come.

If we do need to purchase something this is also a good time to take a little mindful moment to consider the item that we are buying. Is it something that you can buy used and if it can’t be bought used consider where, how, out of what and the quality of the item.

When we talk about used items, you may not even need to spend any money to get these items. You can do clothing swaps with friends, check out freecycle or craigslist. And repurposing items can be a fun project to do with friends and feel good about the product.

So PAUSE and take a little mindful moment and that little moment can help improve your life and make the world a better place!


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