Before-You-Buy Checklist

5 questions to ask yourself before every purchase.


1. Do I Really Need It?

Try to think ahead. This is what every purchase should start with. Ask yourself if it really is a valuable addition to your life. Our first instinct is often to fix things by purchasing something, which isn’t always the answer.

2. Have I Gone Through My Current Belongings For Good Alternatives?

Sometimes you already own something that could solve your problem, but you’ve forgotten about it. Perhaps something could be used in another way, to help you achieve what you’re looking for.

3. Do I Need This Permanently?

If the answer is no, maybe you can ask someone to lend you the item you need. You don’t want to be stuck with something you only need once or for a short period of time.

4. Have I Explored Secondhand Shopping?

Preowned items are cheaper and buying second hand doesn’t take a toll on the environment. Understand that these are simply things that don’t fit their previous owner’s lives anymore, not things that aren’t good enough anymore.

5. Is It Impossible to Buy an Ethically & Sustainably Made Alternative?

Are you able to find an ethical & sustainable brand that offers what you need? Can you get it locally or shipped to you? Does it fit your budget?

Doing the ethical and sustainable choice minimizes your negative impact on the world. That’s a good feeling.


If you answered YES to all of the questions above, you can buy the item you need without feeling guilty!

You are now a responsible consumer.

It’s unreasonable to think that everyone should stop shopping altogether, only buy secondhand or strictly use ethically & sustainably made alternatives.

If you’re able to do something so radical, more power to you. We sincerely applaud that.

But the point we’re trying to make is that all of our lifestyles are very different. Many times we go through that checklist and get all five yes’s.

And that’s fine.

As long as you honestly go through that list, you’ve done your part.