Is Indecision Costing Your Eco Focus?

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We’re blessed to live in an age where, for many, eco focuses are a pressing priority. Millennials, especially are waving the flag for our planet, with many changing their habits and, more specifically, their shopping habits, with sustainability in mind.

In fact, many millennials report that they’d be willing to pay more for products developed with the environment in mind, with as many as half intending to change their shopping habits to benefit the environment.

Taking things even further, many go-to items for millennial audiences are designed not only with the environment in mind, but to specifically help the world we live in. For instance, most of this age group will at some stage purchase things like reusable tote bags, reusable coffee cups, washable makeup wipes/sanitary towels, and a whole lot more. This is fantastic news and means changing our lives, not just our shopping.

Unfortunately, with a whole host of ‘eco’ companies cropping up, indecision is somewhat inevitable when it comes to buying the ‘right’ product. But, testing out a few of each item could mean undoing those environmental benefits. After all, these products are mainly beneficial because of their reusable nature, which can be offset entirely if you don’t reuse them.

But, there is a way to purchase ethical products without the risk of not getting along/having to buy again. And, we’re going to consider them here.

Always research

As with any purchase, research is best. With many rising eco companies still solely online, this means taking to the net and reading everything you can about the product. Try, too, to read/watch as many customer reviews as you can find, because these are often the make or break of whether an ethical purchase is worthwhile. Ultimately, you want to know –

  • The materials used (are they recyclable/recycled?)
  • Functionality
  • Lifespan
  • Size
  • Performance
  • Etc.

Get personal recommendations

Even after all that research, buying online can be unknown. By comparison, personal recommendations are a much more solid option, providing you with the chance to talk to someone about a product first-hand. If someone is willing to recommend it, then that can be more trustworthy than scouring through anonymous reviews online. What’s more, you’ll then be able to ask personalised questions to determine precisely whether that item would be a good fit for your reusable needs/life.

Try it out if you can 

While trying out something like reusable sanitary towels is off the cards, you may be able to test out reusable cups and other such purchases by borrowing them from a friend. That way, you can rest 100% easy that if you do buy, you’ll definitely get decent use out of the item.

It can feel like a lot of pressure to buy one item for a lifetime, especially when there are so many options out there. But, with these key pointers in mind, you should find that the reusable items you select really do enjoy the use they deserve to make a real environmental difference.

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