1 Use shoppers’ guides, like Ethical Consumer, Which? magazine and online reviews, to find products that will last longer.
2 Shop in places that have a good knowledge of their products and brands. Ask which product has the longest lifespan.
3 Buying second-hand means cutting the CO2 produced by manufacturing. It’s also a cheaper way to buy high quality, long-lasting products.
4 Repair or replace? A high-quality repaired item can last longer than a new, low quality one. Paying a local repair person also creates employment.
5 Buy British. Goods made in this country have not had to travel as far, or by aeroplane, so less CO2 is used for transport. But you should still try and buy high quality, because a long lifespan usually saves more CO2 than transport, especially if the product has travelled by more carbon – friendly rail or ship.
6 Do you really need it? Sometimes it saves more time and money to do without!