Shop smart. If you have to buy something, choose wisely – think of The Waste Hierarchy.
The greenest shopping is NO shopping. Ask yourself “Do I really need this?”
Buy used goods. Shop at thrift stores, yard sales, and Craigslist.org – you‘ll not only be saving resources but might save money too!
Choose quality over cheapness. When buying anything, choose products with long life spans and durability (refillable pens/pencils, durable bags, long-lasting lightbulbs).
Choose goods made out of post-consumer waste and high recycled content. This creates a market for the material you recycle and saves resources.
For instance, Tufts staff can buy printer paper made from 30% post-consumer waste at the same price as regular paper through the Tufts account at Staples.
Use reusable shopping bags to carry groceries. And instead of getting a new cup every time, carry around a refillable water bottle or mug to use.
|Remember: Don’t let your reusable items end up in landfills, there is no such thing as “away.”|
Tufts Dining offers discounts for reuseable containers
- Use a Tisch Library or Fletcher School mug and save 20¢ per purchase on any hot beverage at Mugar Café, Hodgdon Good-to-Go, Commons Deli & Grill, Brown & Brew Coffeehouse and The Tower Café.
- Bring the Tufts University “Choose to Reuse” clear bottle and get a deep discount on any fountain beverage at Mugar Café, Hodgdon Good-To-Go, Commons Deli & Grill, Tower Café, and on water and sparkling water at Hotung Café.