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“Before You Buy” Checklist
- print and keep in your purse or wallet.

Before you buy, always ask yourself:

  1. Do I really need it? If not, do I really love it?

  2. Is it worth the time and money to dust, store, clean, otherwise maintain?

  3. How many hours will I have to work to pay for it?

  4. Could I borrow it from a friend, neighbor, or family member?

  5. Is there anything I already own I could possibly use instead?

  6. Are the resources that went into it renewable?

  7. Is the product socially and environmentally friendly? (not made with child labor, or from virgin timber)

  8. Can I recycle it when I’m through with it? Or will it help clog a landfill?

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