Make sure you think about what you are buying.  Ask the questions, where is it made, how is it made, what is it made from, is it repairable, were the employees who made it paid fairly and what can I do with it at the end of its life?

Do your research first, and don’t just dive in. You will only get buyer’s remorse at some point. Whether it is when you first bring it home to discover it doesn’t do what you thought it did, or later on down the track when something is broken or isn’t working and you discover it can’t be fixed. 

Ask the salesperson in the shop lots of questions. If it’s a medium to long term purchase (ie not food) don’t buy straight away.  Read through the lines of sustainability statement on the brand’s websites and don’t trust the bit that just states the company is environmentally friendly. Find out what they are doing to be so. And if you really want to know about them, find out who owns the company or business.

I often get strange looks or eye rolling, but if they want my money I don’t apologise for my ethos. A little explaining about what I do and do not buy, and why often helps.  

If you ask these questions you can make an informed choice about your purchase and not buy blindly.