Before buying a product, consider the impact it has on the environment. Is it toxic? Can it be recycled? Will it decompose? Can you buy it used? Buy only what you need. Reduce, reuse, refuse, repair and recycle.
Consumers bear the responsibility of managing waste from the products they purchase. Due to the rising costs of raw materials used in manufacturing and awareness of the negative impact of waste on the environment, manufacturers have begun working to reduce the amount of waste their products generate. Efforts by manufacturers will decrease waste on a larger scale than consumers have been able to do through recycling. As the population increases worldwide, reducing waste is necessary to conserve natural resources.