The Greenest Choice
December 4, 2007, 7:38 pm
Filed under: green, shopping


On choosing between two retail products based on environmental impact:

“Above all, how about hitting the local vintage shop? Or, if you must go new, don’t be a total cheapskate. A quality leather or pleather jacket will last for years, if not decades, making it well worth the investment in the long run. That lesson that applies not only to clothing, but to cars, appliances, and electronic goods, too. Sometimes the greenest choice isn’t the product that labels itself as such, but the one you won’t have to replace a dozen times over.”

via Slate Magazine
image by el floz

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This point is very, very well taken. Buying high-quality items is also good from a frugality perspective. A great leather jacket becomes cheap when you factor in how many times you wear it compared to a cheap jacket that wears out (or goes out of style) quicker. I love it when frugality intersects with environmentalism. Not to mention that buying vintage stuff is totally addictive and fun.

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