On this page we will list the rules that we have formulated for ourselves. These rules are our guide to consume less and to consume sustainably. We have decided to make these rules, because without them we will probably be tempted a lot to ‘make an exception’ whenever we don’t feel like consuming less or consuming sustainably. The set of rules will be a living document, because we will probably encounter lots of situations and decisions that we can’t forsee at the start.
One of the reasons we keep this blog is to discuss our dilemmas and decisions. So if you feel there are rules or categories we haven’t considered, feel free to share this with us!
The general rules:
- We only buy things that we really need.
- If something is broken we try to repair it. First of all we try to repair it ourselves. If we can’t repair it, we go to a professional.
- If we need something, we try to make it ourselves or to buy the most sustainable product.
Sustainable includes: 2nd hand, organic, ecological, fair trade, local, fresh, recycled, recycleable, repairable, reuseable, animal friendly, with no or little (recycleable) packaging, long expected durability, energy efficient.
- If we really need something we wait at least a week before we buy it (except for stuff we need immediately). After we have made a choice for the best option regarding sustainability, we do research to find the cheapest place to buy it.
We set up specific rules for the following categories (and might even add more categories):
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