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Living more sustainably can include consuming less, using what you already have, or shopping secondhand, but sometimes buying new just can’t be avoided. And when you have to buy a new product, the impact it has on the environment can stretch from shopping to shipment.
So, to decide on whether or not an item is worth it, consider asking a few questions. “Where was this made?” is a good start, since there are ways you can ensure that production lines are looking out for the planet. “Who made this?” is another solid question, because it’ll likely lead you to discover the mission statements of the companies that get your business — and whether they align with your environmental beliefs. And once you’ve decided to put something in your cart, you should also consider, “What happens to this product when I’m done with it?” Perhaps a company recycles items for you, and offers a discount when they’ve reached the end of their lifecycle.
To steer you in a planet-positive shopping experience, I scouted out nine eco-conscious design finds that can help style your home more sustainably. In honor of Earth Day, and every day, learning to shop consciously is a habit the planet needs.