TOP 5 REASONS TO BUY USED GOODS
If you do need to buy a consumer good, remember that buying USED is the most environmental choice you can make in almost all cases. If you’re preparing for post COVID-19, you might want to practice buying used goods- they might be all that’s available in a post-COVID economy. So here are the top reasons to buy used – used clothes, books, furniture, decorations, electronics, kitchen items, bedding, kid gear, toys, pretty much everything.
1. Used products are less expensive. Buying anything used (except antiques) is less expensive than the new alternative, sometimes up to 90% cheaper, but generally at least 50% cheaper. Your dollar will go farther if you buy used, and maybe you will be able to afford buying local organic food or more Peak Oil supplies. So you can (pick one): save twice the money, or buy twice the stuff.
2. Used products don’t require new resources. Every manufactured product is responsible for a certain amount of resources consumed – from farming cotton, clearcutting forests, mining for metals, or pumping out oil. The production of new books and furniture require trees to be cut down (95% of books are made from virgin paper). Anything made of plastic is produced from oil pumped from the Earth. The metals in cell phones, jewellery, computers, all must be scraped out of the planet, with horrible environmental consequences. Luckily, there’s an alternative – used items don’t require any new resources to be consumed.
3. Used products don’t generate pollution. The growing and producing of stuff pumps a lot of pollution into the environment – including toxic chemicals, pesticides, and carbon emissions. For example, a new cotton T-shirt is responsible for 1/3 pound of pesticides dumped into the cotton fields. A new mid-sized car is responsible for 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.
4. Used products don’t require energy to create. The farming, harvesting, manufacturing, and shipping of a new product requires quite a bit of energy from electricity (usually from natural gas or coal) and from oil (from running the vehicles used in farming, harvesting, shipping). This is called "embodied energy". Used goods don’t require any energy, except perhaps the gas required for you to drive over to the guy from Craigslist’s house. The folks at Riot 4 Austerity, who sponsor a 90% energy and consumption reduction challenge, deem used goods to "count" as only 10% of their purchase price, and even better, donated goods from charity stores count as only 0%.
5. Buying used supports good causes and the local economy. Buying from a neighbor keeps your money in the neighborhood, not headed off to Wal-Mart headquarters. Buying from a thrift supports whatever cause they support – literacy, the disabled, the sick, the blind, the poor. Most used stores, even if they are on the Internet, are small mom-and-pop shops, not corporate behemoths. And if you buy it used, you are quite likely keeping it from rotting in a landfill.
We think the main thing you need to do is plan ahead. If you make lists of things that you will need, and you have time to plan, then you can start checking out places such as ThinkUpcycle.ae , ask friends and family if they have any old "X"s they need to get rid of, troll garage sales and Flea Markets. If you need to buy it right away, there’s no time for that – it’s off to the big box store. And then you won’t be able to get any of the benefits of buying used.
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